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Tennessee - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 43
  • Determinants Rank 36
  • Overall Rank 42
  • Diabetes Rank 44
  • Smoking Rank 36
  • Obesity Rank 35
TN 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)


  • Higher per capita public health funding than most states
  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Moderate availability of primary care physicians



  • High infant mortality rate & high prevalence of low birthweight
  • High prevalence of sedentary lifestyle
  • High violent crime rate



  • In the past five years, the high school graduation rate increased from 66.1 percent to 77.4 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate in four years.
  • In the past ten years, the rate of uninsured population increased from 10.4 percent to 13.9 percent of the population.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty decreased from 23.6 percent to 22.5 percent of persons under age 18.
  • Last year, air pollution was 11.1 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter; this year it is 10.4, dropping 6 percent.
  • While preventable hospitalizations remain a challenge for Tennessee, the rate dropped in the last five years from 97.8 to 83.4 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.



  • In Tennessee, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 42.4 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 31.1 percent and Hispanics at 20.0 percent; sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among Hispanics at 39.6 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 29.5 percent; and smoking is more prevalent among non-Hispanic whites at 21.7 percent than Hispanics at 16.4 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: http://health.state.tn.us

Tennessee - 2012



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