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The State of Obesity in

Kansas

In Kansas, 12.2% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving the state the 35 highest/lowest obesity rate in the nation for this age group. This state profile includes data on childhood and adult obesity, obesity-related health issues, and policy actions Kansas is taking to prevent and reduce obesity. The latest data show the obesity rate among WIC participants ages 2-4 decreased in 41 states and territories, increased in 3 states, and remained stable in the rest between 2010 and 2016. Rates range from a low of 7.9% in Utah to a high of 19.8% View obesity rate data among WIC participants ages 2-4 for all states.

Childhood Obesity in Kansas New Data


2- to 4-year-old WIC participants

Current obesity rate (2016)

12.5%


Rank among states (2016)

35/51


Source: stateofobesity.org/wic

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2017-2018)

12.2%


Rank among states (2017-2018)

39/51


Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2017)

13.1%


Rank among states (2017)

26/43


Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity


Childhood Obesity Stories: Kansas

Declining Obesity Among 2- to 4-year-olds: In Kansas, obesity rates declined among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC from 2010 to 2016. The rate of obesity dropped from 13.7% to 12.5%.

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Adult Obesity in Kansas New Data


Obesity Rate (2018)

34.4%

Rank Among States (2018)

12/51

Obesity rate by age (2018)

18-25 21.8% 26-44 36.3% 45-64 40.1% 65+ 31.0%

Obesity rate by race (2018)

White 32.1% Black 39.7% Latino 36.3%

Obesity rate by gender (2018)

Men 33.3% Women 35.6%
Note: A change in methodology makes direct comparisons to data collected prior to 2011 difficult. Read the full rates and ranks methodology for more information. Source: Trust for America's Health. The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, 2019. Washington, D.C.: 2019.

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Kansas New Data


Diabetes:

Current adult diabetes rate (2018)

11.8%


Rank among states (2018)

19/51


Diabetes cases in 2010

239,691


Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

367,777


Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2017)

Hypertension:

Current adult hypertension rate (2017)

32.8%


Rank among states (2017)

20/51


Hypertension cases in 2010

558,427


Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

713,158


Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2015)

Heart Disease:

Heart disease cases in 2010

176,438


Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

769,578


Arthritis:

Arthritis cases in 2010

555,211


Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

460,030


Obesity-Related Cancer:

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

44,590


Projected cases of cancer in 2030

106,322


Sources: Current diabetes (2018) and hypertension (2017) rates are from The State of Obesity 2019; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012.

State Policies to Prevent Obesity

Early Childhood U.S. Kansas

Breastfeeding

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to allow or encourage onsite breastfeeding

22 + D.C. View all states

Defined Physical Activity

State has set a definition for physical activity in ECE settings

9 + D.C. View all states

Drinking Water

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to make drinking water available to children

43 View all states

Healthy Eating

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have healthy eating policies

50 + D.C. View all states

Link to CACFP Updates

State has licensing laws linked to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards that automatically update

23 + D.C. View all states

Nutrition Standards

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to provide meals and snacks that meet dietary guidelines

26 + D.C. View all states

Physical Activity

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have time for daily physical activity

50 + D.C. View all states

Private Breastfeeding Space

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to have a private space available for mothers to breastfeed infants

4 + D.C. View all states

Screen Time

State sets limits for screen time in ECE settings, or has regulations requiring ECE centers to set limits.

29 + D.C. View all states
Schools U.S. Kansas

Elementary School Physical Education

State requires elementary school students to participate in physical education

38 + D.C. View all states

High School Physical Education

State requires high school students to participate in physical education

42 + D.C. View all states

Middle School Physical Education

State requires middle school students to participate in physical education

36 + D.C. View all states

PE Time Requirement, Elementary Schools

State requires elementary school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

18 + D.C. View all states

PE Time Requirement, High Schools

State requires high school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

6 View all states

PE Time Requirement, Middle Schools

State requires middle school students to participate in a minimum amount of time of physical education

14 + D.C. View all states

Recess

State requires recess in elementary schools

5 View all states

Safe Routes to Schools

State has statutes or regulations on Safe Routes to School

16 View all states

Shared Use of Facilities

State has policy for communities to access school recreational facilities outside school hours.

36 + D.C. View all states

Community Eligibility Provision

Percentage of eligible schools in the state adopting the community eligibility provision

28.0% View all states

Farm-to-School Programs

Percentage of school districts in the state participating in farm-to-school activities

33% View all states

School Nutrition Standards

Percentage of school food authorities in state meeting updated meal nutrition standards

99.8% View all states
Community U.S. Kansas

Complete Streets

State has adopted a complete streets policy

33 + D.C. View all states

Healthy Food Financing Initiatives

State has healthy food financing funding

37 + D.C. View all states

Preemption

State has laws preempting local policies related to nutrition

9 View all states

Child Food Insecurity Rate

Percentage of children in state that are food insecure

19.2% View all states

Overall Food Insecurity Rate

Percentage of the state population that is food insecure

13.2% View all states

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Percentage of state residents participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

9.0% View all states