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Louisiana - 2013

Overall
Ranking

48

  • Outcomes Rank 44
  • Determinants Rank 49
  • Overall Rank 48
  • Diabetes Rank 48
  • Smoking Rank 46
  • Obesity Rank 50
LA 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)

Strengths:

  • Small disparity in health status by educational attainment
  • High immunization coverage among adolescents
  • Low incidence of pertussis infections

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalences of physical inactivity, obesity, & diabetes
  • High percentage of children in poverty
  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight

 

Highlights:

  • Obesity remains high at 34.7 percent of the adult population, with more than 1.2 million obese adults in Louisiana. Also, over 1.0 million adults are physically inactive.
  • In the past year, the rate of drug deaths decreased from 17.1 to 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • The high school graduation rate increased this year for the fourth consecutive year from 59.5 percent in 2009 to 68.6 percent of ninth graders who graduate within 4 years.
  • In the past year, violent crime decreased by 12 percent from 555 to 497 offenses per 100,000 population.
  • For the third consecutive year, the percent of children in poverty exceeds 30 percent of persons younger than 18 years.
  • After 4 years of increases, public health funding declined in the past year to $87 per person.

 

Disparities:

  • In Louisiana, 47.3 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 23.4 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 23.9 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.dhh.louisiana.gov/

Louisiana - 2013

Overall
Ranking

48

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