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West Virginia Obesity Statistics


West Virginia obesity statistics

By 2011, West Virginia was ranked the 3rd most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 32.2%.

Fifteen years ago, it was also ranked the 3rd most obese state with an overall rate of 17.7% 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 68.1% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 1,852,994 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 1.26 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      39.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      29.7% among Latinos, and

      32.1% 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 34.1% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 12%.

Childhood obesity statistics for West Virginia

  • Approximately 21.2% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 18.9% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 74,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These West 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.

West Virginia 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 Lincoln County at 37.8%, while Monongalia was the lowest at 28.3%.

  • In addition, almost all counties were over 30% obese levels. The counties with the least obesity at under 30% are Greenbrier, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Putnam, Randolph, and Upshur counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Logan County with a rate of 13.6%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Monongalia County at 9.0%.

  • McDowell County was the least active, and Monongalia County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • West Virginia is among 29 US states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in schools more than federal requirements, and joins 21 states that require weight screening or BMI for children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in the Appalachian Mountains, New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, other rivers and recreational areas, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Farming is limited in West Virginia, but fishing and hunting provide both food and physical activity. Farmer’s markets and retail sources also supply a full range of fresh foods for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce West 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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