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By the Numbers

Adults (Age 18 or older)

 
Overweight 34.2%
Obese 29.2%
Do not meet physical activity guidlines 77.3%
Less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day 72.7%

Citation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2011].
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2009].

High School Youth (Grades 9–12)

 
Overweight 17.2%
Obese 11.1%
Do not meet physical activity guidlines for 60 minutes a day 75.9%
Less than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day 82.5%
Watched 3 or more hours of TV per day 31.3%
Dran soda atleast 3 times a day 10%

Citation
Virginia Department of Health. Virginia Youth Survey. [2011]

Middle School Youth (Grades 6-8)

 
Overweight 18%
Obese 12%
Do not meet physical activity guidelines for 60 minutes per day 73%
Watching 3 or more hours of TV per day 35%
Drank soda at least three times a day 4%

By Population

Overweight

Obese

Female 16.1% 8%
Male 19.5% 17%
Non-Hispanic 17% 12%
Hispanic 33% 13%
Central 16% 9%
North 15% 11%
Southeast 19.5% 16.8%
Southwest 22% 13%

Citation
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Virginia Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. [2011]

Obesity-related Monetary Costs in Virginia

 
Annual healthcare costs in Virginia related to obesity   $1.6 billion
Residents' state & federal tax burden from obesity-related government expenditures   $222 per person *
Portion of state budget covering obesity & its health consequences 5.6% *

Citation
Finkelstein, EA, Trogdon, JG, Cohen, JW, and Dietz, W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: Payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Affairs 2009; 28(5): w822-w831

Future Projections

  • By 2030, Virginia’s obesity rate will be 49.7 %. With a 5 % reduction in obesity rate, by 2030, Virginia’s rate will be 44.7 %.
  • Reducing the average BMI in VA by 5% could save 7.4 percent in health care costs resulting in health care savings of more than $6 billion in 10 years and $18 million in 20 years.

Citation
F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America. (Washington, D.C., Trust for America’s Health, September 2012). Accessed at 8 January 2013.

Obesity-related Deaths

Annual deaths 112,000

Citation
Flegal K, Graubard B, Williamson D, Gail M. Excess Deaths Associated with Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity. JAMA 2005; 293:1861-1867