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Colorado - 2013



  • Outcomes Rank 10
  • Determinants Rank 8
  • Overall Rank 8
  • Diabetes Rank 6
  • Smoking Rank 15
  • Obesity Rank 1
CO 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 prevalences of obesity, physical inactivity, & diabetes
  • Low levels of air pollution
  • Low rate of preventable hospitalizations



  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • High rate of drug deaths
  • Large disparity in health status by educational attainment



  • Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the nation at 20.5 percent of the population, with 760,000 obese adults.
  • In the past year, the drug death rate decreased from 16.3 to 14.3 deaths per 100,000.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among adolescents increased from 58.1 percent to 68.1 percent of persons aged 13 to 17 years.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of diabetes increased from 6.7 percent to 7.4 percent of adults. Diabetes has been on the rise since the early 1990’s.
  • The percentage of low birthweight infants continues to decrease from a high of 9.2 percent of births in 2008 to 8.7 percent of births this year.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by 27 percent from 276.5 to 202.6 deaths per 100,000 population.



  • In Colorado, 60.2 percent of adults aged 25 years and older with at least a high school education report their health is very good or excellent compared to only 21.9 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 38.3 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.cdphe.state.co.us

Colorado - 2013



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