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Lakeland, Winter Haven named most obese metro area in Florida

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 17:43:21-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Delaware based financial news and opinion company has named the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area as the most obese in the state.

According to 24/7 Wall St., the area has an adult obesity rate of 35.3%. Their report found that 27.2% of adults in the area don't exercise, while 14.1% live with diabetes.

Additionally, the company says 20.3% of adults in the area reported feeling that they are in fair or poor health.

Florida: Lakeland-Winter Haven

  • Obesity rate: 35.3% (city) 26.5% (state)
  • Adults who do not exercise: 27.2% (city) 24.7% (state)
  • Population with access to exercise venues: 82.2% (city) 87.9% (state)
  • Adults with diabetes: 14.1% (city) 10.9% (state)
  • Adults who report fair or poor health: 20.3% (city) 18.5% (state)
  • Poverty rate: 16.0% (city) 14.0% (state)

The company says the national adult obesity rate is 30%, with only two of 382 total metro areas in the county with rates above 40%.

The company analyzed county-level data from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report to get their findings. You can read more on their methodology here.

"Adult obesity is identified in the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or greater for adults 20 years and over," the company says on their website.

To see the company's rankings for the most obese city for every state, click here.