Obesity is a Growing Problem Everywhere – Local Statistics
Obesity has a significant impact on the nation's health care spending, accounting for $147 billion annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Along with the rest of America, Virginia is seeing its waistline grow. According to the latest CDC statistics, released in 2011, more than 29 percent of Virginian's are considered obese. The national average is 27.8 percent.
Local Obesity Rates
According to the CDC's 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 56 percent of adults in the RMH service area are overweight or obese. The survey indicates that 77 percent of adults in our region eat less than the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and 21 percent have engaged in no physical activity in the past 30 days, which are two important health behaviors for preventing and reducing obesity.
A new CDC study was completed in March and results will be release in 2013.
The 2010 Obesity Survey, commissioned by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, says that 18 percent of local children, ages 0-17, are overweight or obese. While many factors contribute to weight problems, the study showed that 24 percent of local children watch three or more hours of television each day. Additionally, 16 percent of children play video or computer games three or more hours a day. The 2010 data is the most current available.
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