Nearly 8 in 10 adults in the Tri-State with poor health are obese


(FOX19) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a major risk factor for certain types of cancer and preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Also, obesity is costly to the public health system, with 2013 estimates for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at $12 billion in obesity-related health costs.

In Greater Cincinnati, nearly 8 in 10 adults (76 percent) with poor health are overweight or obese, while less than 6 in 10 (56 percent) with excellent or very good health are overweight or obese. Also, a person with poor health is more likely to be obese than just overweight.

More information about Greater Cincinnatians' rate of obesity and other topics is available online at

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