April 17, 2013

Mapping Obesity in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s struggle with obesity is well-known.

The state has the nation’s sixth highest percentage of adults who are obese, meaning their body mass index is 30 or above. Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health.

As the map below shows, the highest percentages can be found in rural areas and small communities, with a band of hot spots running from central to eastern Oklahoma. Other clusters can be found near the borders.

A 2009 survey found that no county in Oklahoma had an adult obesity rate of less than 28.3 percent, which is more than the average in most states. In the map, move the slider button to see how obesity changed from 2004 to 2009, the latest year for which county-level data is available. Hold your cursor over a county to see its obesity percentages and numbers.

Source: 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.