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West Virginia - 2012

Overall
Ranking

47

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

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

 

Challenges:

  • High prevalence of sedentary lifestyle, obesity & diabetes
  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations

 

Highlights:

  • Although the rate of preventable hospitalizations remains high, it dropped over the past ten years, from 121.0 to 99.1 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the past five years, air pollution decreased 19 percent from 13.8 to 11.2 micrograms of fine particulate per cubic meter.
  • In the past year, the percentage of children in poverty increased from 20.3 percent to 24.5 percent of persons under age 18.
  • Last year, the immunization coverage was 91.0 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months; today it is 85.5 percent.
  • West Virginia has the second highest rate of smoking at 28.6 percent of the adult population, with 421,000 adults who smoke in the state.

 

Disparities:

  • In West Virginia, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 42.0 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 32.1 percent and Hispanics at 28.3 percent; and sedentary lifestyle is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 43.2 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 32.9 percent.

 

State Health Department Web Site: www.wvdhhr.org

West Virginia - 2012

Overall
Ranking

47

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