Obesity, Diabetes Estimates by County, 2007
Highest rates in the South, Appalachia and some tribal lands.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity hold long-term health implications for the U.S. population, which has high rates of both. Regions with high estimated rates of diabetes and obesity include:
- 81 percent of counties in the Appalachian region that includes Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia
- 77 percent of counties in the southern region that includes Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina
- Some tribal lands in the West and Northern Plains
Knowing which areas are most affected may help public health workers, health care providers, community organizations, and policymakers focus on high-risk regions to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications as well as other chronic diseases linked to obesity, including heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Obesity is one of several factors linked to type 2 diabetes. Where people live, how much money they earn, their culture and their family history also influence disease rates. Some population groups also are at higher risk, including a number of racial and ethnic minorities. An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and socioeconomic factors contribute to both obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as to complications of diabetes. The 2007 estimates were modeled from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which uses self-reported data from state-based adult telephone surveys, and 2007 census information.
Data Source: Estimated County-Level Prevalence of Diabetes and Obesity -- United States, 2007. MMWR 58(45):1259-1263.
- County-Level Estimates of Diagnosed Diabetes and Obesity, 2004-2007
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- CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation
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Resources for reaching a healthy weight and staying active, including a body mass index calculator for adults.
- National Diabetes Education Program
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- Native Diabetes Wellness Program
Resources on preventing type 2 diabetes and promoting health in Indian Country.
- CDC's Lean Works!
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- 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
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