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The State of Obesity in

Kentucky

Adult Obesity in Kentucky

Kentucky now has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released September 2016. Kentucky's adult obesity rate is currently 34.6 percent, up from 21.7 percent in 2000 and from 12.7 percent in 1990. According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015. This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases — aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010. View data for all states

Tweet thisCurrent adult obesity rate (2015)

34.6%

Rank among states (2015)

5/51

Adult obesity rate in Kentucky (1990-2015)

Obesity rate by age (2015)

18-25 17.8% 26-44 36.8% 45-64 40.5% 65+ 31.2%

Obesity rate by race (2015)

White 32.9% Black 42.7% Latino 24.3%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 31.6% Women 31.2%

Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2016 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2016.

Childhood Obesity in Kentucky New Data

2- to 4-year-old WIC participants

Current obesity rate (2014)

13.3%

Rank among states (2014)

32/51

Historical rates (2000-2014)

Source: stateofobesity.org/wic

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

19.7%

Rank among states (2011)

8/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

18.5%

Rank among states (2015)

3/43

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Kentucky

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2015)

13.4%

Rank among states (2015)

4/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

394,029

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

594,058

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2015)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2015)

39.0%

Rank among states (2015)

6/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

881,343

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

1,175,750

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2015)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

264,958

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

1,278,342

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

876,143

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

748,558

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

68,075

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

176,260

Sources: Current diabetes (2015) and hypertension (2015) rates are from The State of Obesity 2016 [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].