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Wyoming Obesity Statistics


Wyoming obesity statistics

By 2011, Wyoming tied with Oregon as the 35th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25.4%.

  • When you combine the rates for people who are in the overweight category with those who are actually obese, there is a total of 62.7% of Wyoming’s population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 563,626 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 350 thousand people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      28.9% obese rates among Blacks,

      32% among Latinos, and

      24.6% 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 24.9% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.2%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Wyoming

  • Approximately 24.3% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 10.2% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 14,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Wyoming 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.

Wyoming 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 Uinta County at 29.6%, while Teton was the lowest at 13.1%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Natrona, Niobrara, Sweetwater, and Weston counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Washakie County with a rate of 8.5%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Teton County at 4.4%.

  • Platte County was the least active, and Teton County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in the Rocky Mountains, Tetons, and other mountain ranges, the Black Hills, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Yellowstone River, Snake and other rivers, Devil’s Tower and Fossil Butte National Monuments, the Oregon, Pony Express, and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails, national recreational areas, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Wyoming produces its own fresh meat and grain. In addition, farmer’s markets and retail sources offer fresh food for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Wyoming obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

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