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Kentucky - 2013



  • Outcomes Rank 47
  • Determinants Rank 44
  • Overall Rank 45
  • Diabetes Rank 38
  • Smoking Rank 50
  • Obesity Rank 42
KY 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
  • Low violent crime rate
  • Low incidence of infectious diseases



  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • High rate of cancer deaths



  • Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the nation at 28.3 percent of the adult population, with more than 930,000 adult smokers in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.4 percent to 31.3 percent of adults; more than 1.0 million adults are obese in Kentucky—almost one-third of the adult population.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among children decreased from 77.6 percent to 68.2 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months.
  • The high school graduation rate increased by more than 15 percent since 2003, with a new high this year of 79.9 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within 4 years.
  • This year, the number of children in poverty exceeds 1 in 4 persons younger than 18 years; the first time since 1995. In 2001 it was less than 1 in 6 persons younger than 18 years.
  • After 2 decades of steady increases, the percentage of low birthweight infants stabilized around 9.1 percent of births for the past 4 years, which is still a high rate.



  • In Kentucky, 47.1 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 17.9 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 29.2 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.chfs.ky.gov

Kentucky - 2013



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