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Utah Obesity Statistics


Utah obesity statistics

By 2011, Utah was ranked the 6th least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 23.4%.

Fifteen years ago, it was also ranked the 6th least obese state with an overall rate of 12% obesity.

  • When you combine the rates for people who are in the overweight category with those who are actually obese, there is a total of 57.9% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 2,763,885 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 1.6 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      37.1% obese rates among Blacks,

      27.4% among Latinos, and

      23% among Whites.

  • Two serious health problems associated with increased overweight and obesity are high blood pressure and diabetes.

    In this U.S. state, rates of high blood pressure have risen to 20.5% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 6.2%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Utah

  • Approximately 31.2% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 11.4% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 100,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Utah obesity statistics are reported in F as in Fat from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.

Utah obesity: county rankings for obese percentage, diabetes, physical inactivity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the county with the highest rate of obesity was Tooele County at 30.7%, while Summit was the lowest at 13.7%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Beaver, Box Elder, Duchesne, Emery, Iron, Juab, Piute, Rich, Sanpete, Uintah, Utah, and Weber counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Duchesne County with a rate of 9.6%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Summit County at 4.4%.

  • San Juan County was the least active, and Summit County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Outdoor exercise and national and state recreation areas are available in the Wasatch, Uinta, and other Mountain areas, national and state parks including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Zion, Glen Canyon with Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Great Salt Lake desert, Moab, and more, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Utah produces some of its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, and local fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Utah obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health childhood obesity programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

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