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3 Ga Counties Make List of 25 U.S. Counties with Sharpest 10-Year Decline in Obesity

Meanwhile, 7 Georgia counties made the list of counties in the nation with the largest 10-year increase in obesity.

Obesity is an ever growing problem in America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 42% of American adults are obese – a rate that has doubled in the past 20 years and has nearly tripled over the past 50 years.

Across the country, 2,651 – or 84.6% of- U.S. counties experienced a 10-year increase in obesity rates while just 466 counties (14.9%) saw a decrease in obesity rates.

10-year obesity trends graphic

More recently, MedicareAdvantage.com conducted a study by analyzing the most recent data from the Diabetes Surveillance System for the purposes of looking at trends for counties over the last decade.

The Peach State didn’t fare too well.

Among the findings:

  • Aside from having the largest 10-year increase in obesity rates from 2006-2016 in the U.S. (+26.6%), Warren County also had the highest rate of obesity in the nation in 2016 (57.9%).
  • Georgia is home to seven of the 22 counties in the U.S. with the most drastic 10-year increase in obesity rates.
  • The state of Georgia lays claim to three of the top 11 counties for improved (decreased) rates of obesity.
  • Nearly 85% of U.S. counties experienced a 10-year increase in obesity rates
Top 25 U.S. Counties With the Sharpest 10-Year Decline in Obesity
County State 2006 Percentage of Residents With Obesity 2016 Percentage of Residents With Obesity 10-Year Change (Percentage Points) National Rank
Issaquena County MS 39 26.9 -12.1 1
West Feliciana Parish LA 32.7 21.1 -11.6 2
Dent County MO 32.5 21 -11.5 3
Greene County AL 45.6 35.4 -10.2 4
Iron County MO 33.8 24 -9.8 5
Lincoln County GA 33.2 23.5 -9.7 6
Mcduffie County GA 33.2 23.7 -9.5 7
Lake County MI 35.5 26.2 -9.3 8
Franklin County MS 41 31.7 -9.3 9
Jefferson County GA 37.2 28.6 -8.6 10
Gosper County NE 32.1 23.7 -8.4 11
Mercer County MO 30.9 22.6 -8.3 12
Dickinson County MI 31.6 23.4 -8.2 13
Cottle County TX 28.9 20.7 -8.2 14
Greene County NC 36.1 28.1 -8 15
Falls Church City VA 26.4 18.4 -8 16
Ozark County MO 31.1 23.2 -7.9 17
Clay County IL 29.9 22.1 -7.8 18
Miller County GA 31 23.4 -7.6 19
Stewart County TN 33.2 25.7 -7.5 20
Trousdale County TN 29.7 22.2 -7.5 21
Camden County MO 29.4 22 -7.4 22
Lexington City VA 27.7 20.3 -7.4 23
Bowman County ND 29.6 22.4 -7.2 24
Webster County GA 32.4 25.2 -7.2 25

 

Top 25 U.S. Counties With the Largest 10-Year Increase in Obesity
County State 2006 Percentage of Residents With Obesity 2016 Percentage of Residents With Obesity 10-Year Change (Percentage Points) National Rank
Warren County GA 31.3 57.9 26.6 1
King And Queen County VA 28.6 53.1 24.5 2
Clinch County GA 29.5 52.4 22.9 3
Worth County GA 30 51.7 21.7 4
Toombs County GA 27.4 48.6 21.2 5
Pecos County TX 25.3 46.4 21.1 6
Daviess County MO 26 46.3 20.3 7
Franklin County IA 26.7 46.8 20.1 8
Candler County GA 31.1 50.2 19.1 9
Aleutians East Borough AK 30.8 49.9 19.1 10
Colusa County CA 21.8 40.6 18.8 11
Bowie County TX 29.3 47.7 18.4 12
Frontier County NE 26.9 44.9 18 13
Grant Parish LA 29.9 47.6 17.7 14
Appomattox County VA 30.8 48.4 17.6 15
Aleutians West Census Area AK 26.6 44.1 17.5 16
Owsley County KY 30.4 47.6 17.2 17
Lassen County CA 23.7 40.9 17.2 18
Logan County CO 21.3 38.2 16.9 19
Lee County GA 27 43.9 16.9 20
Sevier County TN 28.1 45 16.9 21
Crawford County GA 29.8 46.4 16.6 22
Armstrong County PA 26.9 43.2 16.3 23
Okfuskee County OK 32.5 48.8 16.3 24
Coryell County TX 25.9 42.1 16.2 25

In April 2020, MedicareAdvantage.com reported that obesity is one of the top underlying conditions for people who have complications and are hospitalized with COVID-19, second only to hypertension in people aged 18-64.

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