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Wisconsin Obesity Statistic


Wisconsin obesity statistics

By 2011, Wisconsin was ranked the 25th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 27.4%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 10th most obese state with an overall rate of 16.4% 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 64.3% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 5,686,986 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 3.65 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      45.8% obese rates among Blacks,

      21.1% among Latinos, and

      26.5% 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 26.4% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.5%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Wisconsin

  • Approximately 23.2% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 13.1% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 172,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin 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 Menominee County at 31.1%, while Dane was the lowest at 25%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Adams, Buffalo, Dodge, Jackson, Kewaunee, Marquette, and Milwaukee counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Menominee County with a rate at 12.2%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Waukesha County at 6.3%.

  • Menominee County was the least active, and Dane County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Wisconsin is among 26 US states with a farm-to-school program.

  • Wisconsin also joins 16 states that require road provide safety for all users including pedestrians, public transit, and bidyclists.

  • All-season outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, the Mississippi River, St. Croix Scenic River, and other rivers, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Wisconsin produces its own fresh agricultural products, including cheese, dairy, meat, poultry, eggs, grains, nuts, cranberries, other fruits and vegetables, and ginseng for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Wisconsin 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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