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Iowa - 2013



  • Outcomes Rank 13
  • Determinants Rank 22
  • Overall Rank 18
  • Diabetes Rank 23
  • Smoking Rank 18
  • Obesity Rank 39
IA 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)


  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low percentage of children in poverty
  • Few poor mental & physical health days per month



  • High prevalence of obesity
  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • Limited availability of primary care physicians



  • In the past year, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 20.4 percent of adults to 18.1 percent; almost 420,000 adults still smoke in the state.
  • There are more than 700,000 obese adults in Iowa, and more than 530,000 adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of diabetes increased from 8.2 percent to 9.7 percent of adults.
  • The infant mortality rate in Iowa is at a historical low at 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • In the past 10 years, the rate of cardiovascular deaths decreased by a quarter from 319.1 to 253.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • This year, Iowa is ranked 18th, the lowest rank in the 24 year history of the rankings; in the early 1990’s, Iowa was among the top 10 states.



  • In Iowa, 57.3 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 25.2 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 32.1 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/

Iowa - 2013



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