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Vermont Obesity Statistics

Vermont obesity statistics

By 2011, Vermont was ranked the 7th least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 23.5%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 37th most obese state with an overall rate of 13.4% obesity.

  • When you combine the rates for people who are in the overweight category with those who are actually obese, they have a total of 58.4% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 625,741 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 365,000 people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      21% obese rates among Blacks,

      20.8% among Latinos, and

      23.6% 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 25.2% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 6.5%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Vermont

  • Approximately 20.3% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 12.9% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 16,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Vermont 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.

Vermont 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 Franklin County at 27%, while Chittenden was the lowest at 18.7%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Caledonia, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Franklin County with a rate at 7.4%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Chittenden County at 5.1%.

  • Franklin County was the least active, and Chittenden County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Vermont is among 29 US states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in schools more than federal requirements, and joins 26 other states with a farm-to-school program.

  • It also joins 21 other states that require BMI (body mass index) or some other form of weight measurement for children and teens, and joins 16 states that require road provide safety for all users including pedestrians, public transit, and bicyclists.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Connecticut River and other rivers, Lake Champlain and other lakes, the Green Mountains, Taconic and Granitic mountain ranges, along the Appalachian Scenic Trail, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Vermont produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, organic fruits and vegetables, as well as artisan foods for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Vermont 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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