Midwest and the Obesity Rate

We’re based in the Midwest, so we wanted to get some facts on the obesity rates in states like Wisconsin and Illinois and compare them to the rest of the nation.

Did you know that…

Wisconsin’s obesity rate ranked 27th in the country in 2012.

• Since 1990, the obesity rate for adults has more than doubled.
• Nearly 27% of adults are obese and about 65% are overweight or obese.
• 46% of women participating in the Wisconsin Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are either overweight or obese prior to pregnancy.

Obesity is placing an economic strain on the healthcare system.

• The annual economic cost of obesity-related medical expenses for Wisconsin is
estimated at more than $1.5 billion annually.

Many Wisconsin children and adolescents are also affected by overweight
or obesity.

• One in four Wisconsin high school students are overweight or obese.
• 29% of the two- through four-year-old children participating in the WIC Program are
overweight or obese.

Children and adolescents are increasingly being diagnosed with adult illnesses.

• Obese youth are more likely to have sleep apnea, asthma and orthopedic problems.
• More than half of obese children in elementary school have at least one risk factor
for cardiovascular disease, and a quarter have at least two risk factors.
• Of the children who are obese at ages 3-4 years, 20-40% are destined to be obese
as adults.
• About 60% of obese adolescents will be obese as adults.
• Unless the obesity epidemic can be curbed, today’s children are likely to have a
shorter life expectancy than their parents do.

Illinois’ obesity rate ranked 29th in the country in 2012.
• 62.2% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater.

• 28.2% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater
• 45.4% of adults achieved at least 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 150 minutes a week of vigorous intensity aerobic activity (or an equivalent combination).
• 23.6% of Illinois’ adults reported that during the past month, they had not participated in any physical activity.

Among Illinois’ children aged 2 years to less than 5 years*

• 15.3% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age).
• 14.6% were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age).

Childhood Obesity

• One in five Illinois children is obese.
• Illinois is ranked 10th in the country for obese
or overweight children between 10 to 17
years of age.
• In Chicago, 13.6 percent of high school girls
are obese, compared to 9.9 percent nationally.
• 67 percent of Illinois girls do not meet recommendations for physical activity.
• Chicago’s pre-school children are overweight at approximately twice the national average.
• 62 percent of Illinois adults are overweight or obese.
• Between 1998 and 2007, the number of adults in suburban Cook County who identified themselves as obese increased by 10 percent.
• Southern Illinois has the highest
percentage of obesity in the state.
• The state’s highest rates of obesity are found in rural regions.


Become part of the solution

Successfully reversing obesity rates in Wisconsin and Illinois will require the active involvement of
numerous partners across the state: individuals, schools, early childhood education and
care organizations, workplaces, restaurants and grocery stores, food producers and
vendors, healthcare systems and providers, media, community-based and faith-based
organizations, policymakers, state and local governments, and other groups.

There are ways you can help yourself. There are individual programs out there to help you lose weight and get healthy. We have a wide list of fitness programs from AIM and Beachbody along with supplements to help you on your journey. Also, if you sign up for the SuperGym to log your workouts, find healthy meal plans, and connect with like-minded people (IT’S FREE!) you could win prizes! How’s that for motivation!?

If you send us an email or give us a call, we can help fine tune the right weight loss program for you. All of our information can be found here.

Source: Statistics are from CDC.

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