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Washington State Obesity Statistics


Washington state obesity statistics

By 2011, Washington was ranked the 28th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 26.4%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 32th most obese state with an overall rate of 13.9% 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 62% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 6,724,540 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 4 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      33.8% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.4% among Latinos, and

      26.2% 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 25.9% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.4%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Washington State

  • Approximately 23.6% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 11.1% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 175,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Washington state 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.

Washington state 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 Adams County at 35.9%, while San Juan was the lowest at 18.4%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Asotin, Cowlitz, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Lincoln, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skamania, and Yakima counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Adams County with a rate of 10.6%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in San Juan County at 4.7%.

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

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Washington joins 26 other states with a farm-to-school program.

  • Washington also 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 Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River, Snake, and other rivers, the Cascade and Coast Mountain ranges, San Juan Islands of Puget Sound, Olympic National Park, Mount Ranier, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, eastern deserts, wilderness areas, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Washington State produces a rich variety of its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, specialty crops, fruit, and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Washington state 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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