The obesity rate in San Antonio and Bexar County have plunged by more than 6 percent since 2010, according to a report released by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
“This means that 70,000 adult men and women are no longer obese, having moved into healthier weight categories,” the report reads.
The declining obesity rate in San Antonio also was paralleled by an increase in the healthy weight proportion of the population. That grew from a bit more than 31 percent to more than 35 percent.
“People are getting more active and living healthier in San Antonio, whether it’s walking, cycling or using our parks,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “We now have concrete evidence that our investments are paying off and positively impacting the health of our families and the overall quality of life in San Antonio.”
Meanwhile, obesity also dropped from nearly 32 percent to slightly more than 29 percent in Texas during the same two-year period, according to statewide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys.
The obesity rate matters because it is a common risk factor for premature death and disability in the United States. It can lead to chronic disease, such as heart and circulatory weaknesses, diabetes, sleep apnea and arthritis.
To combat obesity, San Antonio’s health department has gotten funding from several different sources, including, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Heart Association is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reverse the obesity epidemic nationally. For more information about this initiative and obesity, please see:
- Voices for Healthy Kids
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Video: Communities Putting Prevention to Work in San Antonio
- Facts from the CDC on obesity