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Obesity, Diabetes Estimates by County, 2007

Highest rates in the South, Appalachia and some tribal lands.

Chart: Diabetes and obesity, by County. United States, 2007

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.

Map: Diabetes and obesity, by county (in persons aged ≥ 20 years) United States, 2007

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  • Page last updated: January 7, 2010
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