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West Virginia - 2013

Overall
Ranking

46

  • Outcomes Rank 48
  • Determinants Rank 45
  • Overall Rank 46
  • Diabetes Rank 50
  • Smoking Rank 49
  • Obesity Rank 47
WV 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:

  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • Low incidence of infectious diseases
  • High per capita public health funding

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalences of smoking & physical inactivity
  • High prevalences of obesity & diabetes
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations

 

Highlights:

  • West Virginia has the second highest rate of smoking at 28.2 percent of the adult population; 409,000 adults smoke in the state.
  • In the past year, the prevalence of obesity increased from 32.4 percent to 33.8 percent of adults; 490,000 adults are obese in the state.
  • West Virginia has the second highest rate of physical inactivity at 31.0 percent of the adult population; 450,000 adults are physically inactive in the state.
  • In the past 5 years, children in poverty decreased from 24.0 percent to 19.0 percent of persons younger than 18 years.
  • In the past year, immunization coverage among adolescents increased from 47.9 percent to 56.1 percent of persons aged 13 to 17 years.
  • In the past 10 years, the percentage of low birthweight increased by 14 percent from 8.3 percent to 9.6 percent of births.

 

Disparities:

  • In West Virginia, 44.8 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 20.3 percent with less than a high school education, resulting in a gap of 24.5 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.wvdhhr.org

West Virginia - 2013

Overall
Ranking

46

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