North Carolina Obesity Rate at 29.1 According to the CDC

August 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm 2 comments

The Center for Disease Control this month released a new study looking at the statewide rates of obesity across the nation.  According to the report, 29.1% of adults in the state of North Carolina are obese.  This number is higher than the average state level of 27.6%.  As you can see from the map, the obesity levels were highly regional, with the South (29.5%) and the Midwest (29.0%)  having the highest obesity levels.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults

Nationwide results of the CDC’s BRFSS available at













Interestingly, the studies conducted by the CDC are having mixed results explaining why obesity is occurring.   One study found that obesity rates correlated to education rates and income levels for women, but not men.  One issue that the CDC is pointing to as a common factor is if the individual has access to healthy food.  Part of the CDCs suggestion to help combat obesity on a community level is through making sure that there are incentives and capital available for entrepreneurs who would like to offer healthier, affordable food items or to open new retail options in underserved neighborhoods.  Another option is to support restaurants and programs aimed at increasing the number of healthy prepared food options available in our communities.

These results and policy suggestions increases the push for financial institutions to ensure that there is capital available to entrepreneurs who want to increase the availability of healthy food across our nation and state.


Entry filed under: Economic Development, Healthy Foods.

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