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North Carolina - 2012

Overall
Ranking

34

  • Outcomes Rank 38
  • Determinants Rank 34
  • Overall Rank 34
  • Diabetes Rank 42
  • Smoking Rank 27
  • Obesity Rank 34
NC 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:

  • Few poor mental & physical health days per month
  • Low incidence of infectious disease
  • Low prevalence of binge drinking

 

Challenges:

  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight
  • High prevalence of diabetes
  • Low per capita public health funding

 

Highlights:

  • Diabetes remains high at 10.9 percent of the adult population. More than 800,000 adults have diabetes in the state.
  • Immunization coverage dropped below 90.0 percent for the first time in eight years.
  • In the past five years, air pollution decreased from 13.0 to 10.0 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past five years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 75.1 to 62.6 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • Last year, 27.6 percent of persons under age 18 lived in poverty; today it is 23.9 percent.
  • The rate of uninsured population increased from 13.4 percent to 16.7 percent in the past ten years.

 

Disparities:

  • In North Carolina, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 42.9 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 26.5 percent and Hispanics at 24.8 percent; smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 20.9 percent than Hispanics at 13.9 percent; and sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 32.6 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 24.4 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.dhhs.state.nc.us

North Carolina - 2012

Overall
Ranking

34

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