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The State of Obesity in

South Carolina

Adult Obesity in South Carolina

South Carolina now has the 10th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. South Carolina's adult obesity rate is currently 32.1 percent, up from 21.1 percent in 2000 and from 12.0 percent in 1990. 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)

32.1%

Rank among states (2014)

10/51

Adult obesity rate in South Carolina (1990-2014)

Obesity rate by age (2014)

18-25 20.1% 26-44 33.4% 45-64 38.4% 65+ 27.1%

Obesity rate by race (2014)

White 28.1% Black 42.7% Latino 32.2%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 30.1% Women 33.1%

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

Childhood Obesity in South Carolina

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

Current obesity rate (2011)

no data

Rank among states (2011)

no data 

Historical rates (1989-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children24

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

21.5%

Rank among states (2011)

2/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

16.3%

Rank among states (2015)

8/43

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in South Carolina

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2014)

12.0%

Rank among states (2014)

7/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

429,273

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

615,599

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2014)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2013)

38.4%

Rank among states (2013)

8/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

961,722

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

1,216,272

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2013)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

289,176

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

1,351,642

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

947,357

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

780,823

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

75,148

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

188,245

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].