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Obesity In Texas


Obesity in Texas: statistics and programs

In 2011, Texas was ranked as the 12th most obese state in America.

Obesity in Texas has almost doubled over the last 15 years, and currently is at 30.1% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the total becomes 66.5% of their population.

  • During the 2010 Census, the total population of Texas was counted at 25,145,561 (U. S. Census 2010).

  • This means that almost 17 million people are overweight or obese in this state alone, and face substantially increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In addition, diabetes has also almost doubled to 9.6% and 27.2% of the people are reporting high blood pressure.

  • Statistics for racial or ethnic categories show

      38.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      36% among Latinos,

      and 26.7% among Whites.

Childhood obesity in Texas

  • As of 2007, 20.4 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 27.8% of Texas population is under the age of 18, making up to 1.5 million young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

County rankings for obesity in Texas

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Texas counties with obese levels over 30% include Angelina, Gray, Jasper, McLennan, Polk, Potter, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton counties.

  • Obesity in Texas is under 25% in these counties: Collin, Comal, El Paso, Fort Bend, Kendall, Montgomery, and Williamson counties. All other counties are between 25% and 30%.

  • Diabetes rates are over 10% in Anderson, Bastrop, Bell, Brazoria, Cooke, Coryell, Harrison, Hidalgo, Houston, Jefferson, Marion, Matagorda, Morris, Nueces, Robertson, Rusk, Washington, Wharton, and Wichita County.

  • Travis County reports the greatest amount of physical activity, with the following counties also reporting high activity levels: Bexar, Brewster, Burnet, Callahan, Cameron, Collin, Comal, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Hood, Jeff Davis, Kerr, Lampasas, Medina, Randall, Rockwall, Tarrant, Val Verde, and Williamson County.

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

  • Texas is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards.

  • Texas joins 21 other states to require body mass index (BMI) screening for children and teens.

  • It is among 26 states that have farm-to-school programs

  • The Lone Star State is the largest in the continental United States and offers extensive resources for outdoor recreation, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande and other rivers, forests, deserts, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • Texas has one of the largest economies in the world, and agriculture is still a strong producer. Most areas offer fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Texas 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 Texas 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.

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