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The State of Obesity in

Kansas

Adult Obesity in Kansas

Kansas now has the 13th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Kansas's adult obesity rate is currently 31.3 percent, up from 19.1 percent in 2000 and from 13.5 percent in 1995. U.S. adult obesity rates remained mostly steady — but high — this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah and remaining stable in the rest. Rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent. View data for all states

Tweet thisCurrent adult obesity rate (2014)

31.3%

Rank among states (2014)

13/51

Adult obesity rate in Kansas (1990-2014)

Obesity rate by age (2014)

18-25 15.2% 26-44 33.2% 45-64 37.5% 65+ 28.7%

Obesity rate by race (2014)

White 29.6% Black 39.5% Latino 34.2%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 30.5% Women 29.1%

Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2015.

Childhood Obesity in Kansas

Signs of Progress on Childhood Obesity in Kansas: A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, 2013 showed that 18 states, including Kansas, and one U.S. territory experienced a decline in obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families between 2008 and 2011. Over that period, Kansas's rate fell from 13.3% to 12.7%, a statistically significant decrease according to the CDC analysis. Read more about the report at rwjf.org. Tweet this

2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families

Current obesity rate (2011)

12.7%

Rank among states (2011)

32/41

Historical rates (1989-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children24

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

14.2%

Rank among states (2011)

31/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

no data

Rank among states (2015)

no data 

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Kansas

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2014)

10.3%

Rank among states (2014)

21/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

239,691

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

367,777

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2014)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2013)

31.3%

Rank among states (2013)

27/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

558,427

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

713,158

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2013)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

176,438

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

769,578

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

555,211

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

460,030

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

44,590

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

106,322

Sources: Current diabetes (2014) and hypertension (2013) rates are from The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012 [PDF].