Results of Obesity Study for Le Flore County

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Obesity is one of the most consequential health issues in the United States. One of the reasons the condition has become so dominant is because obesity is often associated with and serves as a precursor to a long list of chronic medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and some respiratory disorders. Obesity is also associated with mobility loss, gallbladder disease, and multiple types of cancer.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of adult obesity in the nation, as the state ranks number six out of 51. The condition is linked to the rankings of disease-related deaths. Oklahoma ranks sixth in diabetes-related deaths, fifth in deaths associated with cancer, and second in deaths associated with cardiovascular events. There are two counties in particular where the rate of adult obesity exceeds 40 percent. Muskogee County’s adult obesity rate is 40.6%, and Adair County’s adult obesity rate stands at 41.3%.

LeFlore County is also fighting the obesity epidemic. Based on data collected by Dietspotlight, a health and wellness websites dedicated to providing research-based information on weight loss, fat loss, and overall health:

Men in LeFlore weigh, on average, 275 pounds and have a body mass index (BMI) of 35.3. BMI is a measure of body fat that’s often used to determine if clinical intervention could help a patient.

Women in LeFlore weigh about 196 pounds and have a BMI of 33.1. Both men and women searching for weight-loss help from LeFlore county fall into the obese BMI range.

According to Dietspotlight, “The average pounds to lose in LeFlore is 79 pounds. That is 21% higher than the state average of 65 pounds and 35% higher than the country average of 59 pounds.”

Oklahoma State University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences is working in collaboration with the state and community-based organizations like the Cherokee Nation, TSET, and the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank to improve and expand upon initiatives relating to healthy relating to healthy eating and to make initiatives that center around physical activity more accessible.

Oklahoma’s economy has been vastly affected by the high rate of obesity among adults in the state. Obesity is estimated to cost the state of Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses.


David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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