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Arkansas - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 45
  • Determinants Rank 48
  • Overall Rank 48
  • Diabetes Rank 44
  • Smoking Rank 48
  • Obesity Rank 44
AR Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)


  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Moderate immunization coverage
  • Moderate per capita public health funding



  • High percentage of children in poverty
  • High prevalence of obesity & sedentary lifestyle
  • High prevalence of smoking



  • Almost 700,000 adults in Arkansas are obese, and the same number of adults lead a sedentary lifestyle.
  • In the past ten years, the infant mortality rate decreased from 8.2 to 7.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past year, children in poverty increased from 21.8 percent to 25.4 percent of children under the age of 18.
  • In the past year, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 81.5 to 79.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • Smoking remains high at 27.0 percent of the adult population, with more than 600,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • There are almost a quarter-million adults with diabetes in Arkansas.



  • In Arkansas, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 43.2 percent than Hispanics at 31.0 percent and non-Hispanic whites at 30.4 percent; and smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 22.7 percent than Hispanics at 16.8 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.healthyarkansas.com

Arkansas - 2012



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