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South Carolina - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 41
  • Determinants Rank 47
  • Overall Rank 44
  • Diabetes Rank 49
  • Smoking Rank 39
  • Obesity Rank 42
SC 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
  • Moderate rate of preventable hospitalizations



  • High percentage of children in poverty
  • High prevalence of diabetes
  • High prevalence of low birthweight
  • Low high school graduation rate



  • In the past five years, children in poverty increased from 15.6 percent to 26.3 percent of persons under age 18.
  • In the past ten years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 78.6 to 61.2 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past year, high school graduation increased from 62.2 percent to 66.0 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduated within four years.
  • South Carolina has one of the highest rates of diabetes at 12.1 percent of the adult population, with 435,000 adults with diabetes.
  • South Carolina ranks below the median state on all measures except two; binge drinking and preventable hospitalizations.



  • In South Carolina, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 39.9 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 27.8 percent; and sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among Hispanics at 35.6 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 24.9 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.scdhec.net

South Carolina - 2012



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