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Obesity In Indiana


Obesity in Indiana: statistics and programs

In 2011, Indiana was ranked as the 15th most obese state in America.

Obesity in Indiana has increased by 60% over the last 15 years, and currently is at 29.1% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the total becomes 65.1% of their population.

  • During the 2010 Census, the total population of Indiana was counted at 6,483,802 according to the U. S. Census 2010.

  • This means that over 4 million people are overweight or obese in this state alone, and face substantially increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In addition, diabetes has doubled to 9.6% and 28.5% of the people are reporting high blood pressure.

  • Statistics for racial or ethnic categories show

      37% obese rates among Blacks,

      28.4% among Latinos,

      and 28.8% among Whites.

Childhood obesity in Indiana

  • As of 2007, 14.6 per cent of children and teens in this state, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 24.7% of Indiana’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 230,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

County rankings for obesity in Indiana

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Indiana counties with obese levels over 30% include Boone, Clark, Clay, DeKalb, Delaware, Huntington, Jay, Jefferson, Lake, Madison, Perry, Porter, Randolph, Shelby, Steuben, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, and White County.

  • Obesity in Indiana is less than 25% only in Hamilton County.

  • Diabetes rates are over 10% in Clinton, Lake, and LaPorte counties, while Clay County is the lowest at 8.4%.

  • Counties reporting the least amount of exercise with rates over 30% inactivity include Delaware, Knox, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Parke, Pulaski, Randolph, Sullivan, Vigo, and Washington County.

Federal, state, and community help to lose weight and improve general health:

  • Indiana is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in or near schools more than federal standards.

  • Indiana offers outdoor recreation at over 1000 lakes, including Lake Michigan, rivers including the Wabash, Ohio, and Kankakee rivers, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • The state has fertile farming areas offering local fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, poultry, and meat for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Indiana obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force childhood programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

These Indiana 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.

The state also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to identify health trends including overweight, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, smoking prevalence, arthritis incidence and quality of life, asthma, child-bearing, cardiovascular disease and risks, breast and cervical cancers, and immunization.



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