Weight and Obesity Issues

  • In Spokane County, 31% of adults were obese in 2013, and 25% of adolescents were overweight or obese in 2014.  Among youth, being overweight or obese decreased as maternal education level increased and was more likely among males. Black and Native American/Alaska Native youth were more likely to be overweight or obese when compared to whites.  (Spokane Counts 2015, page 10, Spokane Regional Health District)

  • 27% of residents in Spokane County were either overweight or obese in 2009.  Obesity is linked to maladies including heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, depression, and some cancers.
  • The percentage of obese adults in Washington State is 26.4%.  A new report outlining how obesity threatens America's future reveals that not a single state reported a decline in the proportion of excessively overweight residents.
    "U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Spread," Healthy Day News, July 2011ttp://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=654689
  • Adults in the U.S. have one of the highest obesity rates in the world.  Nearly 1/3 of U.S. adults 20 years and older are obese, while about 2/3 are overweight.
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