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.
- 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.