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Survey: Nearly 2 out of 3 adults in Greater Cincy overweight or obese

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Initial results from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey show that nearly two out of three adults in the Greater Cincinnati area are overweight or obese.

The survey, which was sponsored by the The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati, shows that 33 percent of adults are overweight and 33 percent are obese

Regionally, the rate has gone from 56% overweight or obese in 1999 to 64% in 2010. The rate of adults in our region who are severely obese has jumped from 8% in 1999 to 14% in 2010.

The survey also revealed information on the following:

 Tobacco use: While the regional rate of adults who smoke is decreasing, it is still higher than the national average. In 2010, 29 percent of Greater Cincinnati adults were current smokers, compared to 30 percent in 2005, 32 percent in 2002 and 35 percent in 1999. Smoking rates are highest among rural counties in Kentucky and Ohio and among low-income adults. On a positive note, 6 in 10 young adults ages 18-29 report that they have never smoked. At the same time, the rate of young adults who currently smoke went down, going from 38 percent in 2005 to 30 percent in 2010.

Insurance status: The percentage of adults in our region ages 18–64 who reported being uninsured at the time of the survey has steadily risen since 2002, going from 11 percent that year to 21 percent in 2010. About 22 percent of adults ages 18–64 across the nation were currently uninsured in early 2010.

Medical home: A medical home is a routine place to go for medical care. It can be a doctor's office, health center, clinic or other place where a person usually goes when they are sick or have a medical question. People who do not have a medical home are less likely to seek appropriate and timely health care when they need it. In 2010, 16 percent or 1 in 6 Greater Cincinnati adults reported they did not have a medical home. This means that approximately 264,000 adults lack a medical home.

A total of 2,246 randomly selected adults residing in a 22-county area were interviewed by telephone between August 14 and September 27, 2010. The potential sampling error for the survey is ±2.1%

Counties covered in the survey are: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Brown and Adams in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Pendleton, Grant, Gallatin, Carroll, Bracken and Owen in Kentucky; and Dearborn, Ripley, Switzerland, Ohio and Franklin in Indiana.

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