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2014 Alaska Obesity Facts Report

Alaska 2014 Obesity Facts Report

Overweight and obesity continue to be a serious health concern in Alaska. About 2 out of every 3 Alaska adults are now overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity affect individuals of all ages, from all areas of the state, of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and with all levels of education and income. Both conditions increase the risk for a number of health problems, including chronic diseases, which can lead to reduced quality of life and premature death.[1]

The causes for the rapid rise of overweight and obesity are multiple and varied, and no single strategy alone will reduce obesity and its associated health consequences. Meaningful reduction of obesity prevalence will only occur when a set of sustained, comprehensive prevention strategies are implemented by schools, the health care sector, private industry, NGOs, governmental agencies, and individual families. These strategies will need to address policy issues; alter the environment in which we live, play and eat; modify the systems to make the healthy choice the easy choice; and increase the knowledge and change the behaviors of families, children and adults.[1]

In an effort to support obesity prevention efforts statewide, we have created this report as a way of succinctly communicating the most commonly requested data regarding obesity and overweight in Alaska. Data are presented on obesity prevalence as well as markers for physical activity and nutrition risk behaviors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data also include information on behavior, attitudes and strategies that could support healthy living and help prevent obesity.

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[1] US Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity. Rockville, MD: HHS, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General; 2001. Accessed at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/obesity/index.html, December 2013.

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To read more, go to the Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program publications page or download the 2014 Alaska Obesity Facts Report>>

To learn more about obesity in Alaska visit Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control.

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