The Texas Obesity Epidemic

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The obesity epidemic is a major health crisis impacting the United States and posing a huge threat to the future of the entire nation, and the Lone Star State is no exception. Millions of Texan adults and children face an increased risk of suffering from major obesity-related health problems. If nothing is done to counteract this looming crisis, several Texans will live shorter lives that are plagued by poor health.

Texas Obesity Statistics

According to the most recent U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30.4 percent of Texans are obese, giving the Lone Star State the tenth largest percentage of obese residents by state in the U.S. The Texas obesity rate trails the 35.7% national obesity rate by a little over five percentage points, but this difference is still nothing to celebrate. In 2010, Texas came in at thirteenth for the percentage of obese residents by state. Within a single year, the Lone Star State jumped three slots on the list, signifying that Texans are steadily becoming more obese.

Texas Obesity Rates by the Demographics

The obesity epidemic affects Texans across the board. However, some groups are more likely to suffer from obesity than others. In Texas, certain age groups are more prone to obesity than others. Texans who are between the ages of 45 and 54 have the state’s highest obesity rate out of all age groups, at about 36.3 percent. By contrast, Texan baby boomers who are 65 and older have an obesity rate of 28 percent, well below the state and national obesity rate.

Texas obesity rates show great variance across ethnic demographics as well. Hispanic and black Texans tend to have higher obesity rates than any other ethnic group, at 39.2 percent and 41.5 percent respectively. Contrast these figures with white Texans who have an obesity rate of 28 percent.

Education and income demographics have a variance in obesity rate similar to ethnic demographics. Texas residents who obtain higher levels of education are less likely to suffer from obesity. For instance, Texans who fail to obtain a high school diploma have an obesity rate of 38.2 percent. By contrast, Texans who graduate from college have an obesity rate of just 24.7 percent.

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