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Virginia Obesity Statistics


Virginia obesity statistics

By 2011, Virginia was ranked the 30th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25.9%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 29th most obese state with an overall rate of 14.2% 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 61.2% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 8,001,024 (U. S. Census 2010), which means almost 4.9 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      37.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      25.1% among Latinos, and

      25.2% 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 27.2% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 8.3%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Virginia

  • Approximately 23.4% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15.2% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 284,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

  • Some reports show up to 30% of the children as either obese or overweight which puts up to 560,000 young people at risk.

These Virginia 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.

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

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the area with the highest rate of obesity was Hampton City at 34.4%, while Arlington County was the lowest at 20.7%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Accomack, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Carroll, Charles City County, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Emporia City, Essex, Franklin City, Greensville, Halifax, Hopewell City, King and Queen, Lee, Lunenburg, Martinsville City, Mecklenburg, Norfolk City, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Prince Edward, Roanoke City, Suffolk City, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, and Wise counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Petersburg City at 13.2%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Fairfax County at 7.5%.

  • Halifax County was the least active, and Arlington County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Virginia joins 26 other states with a farm-to-school program, but does not restrict competitive foods such as vending machine snacks. In addition, it does not require testing children or teens for weight measurements at this time.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River and other rivers, the Blue Ridge, Applachian, and other mountain ranges, Shenandoah National Park, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Virginia produces its own fresh agricultural products, including seafood, fish, meat, dairy, poultry, eggs, peanuts, grains, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Virginia 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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