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January 6, 2013

State’s health ranks 43rd

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

One consequence of obesity is diabetes, which afflicts more than one in nine adults in Oklahoma, or 317,000 people.

“We have an epidemic of children with diabetes,” Cline said. Without reversing the trend, almost an entire generation of Oklahomans will be forced to manage the disease throughout their lives, he said.

Finally, Oklahoma ranked 45th in the nation in the percent of the adult population who live sedentary lifestyles, meaning they get no exercise other than what they experience on the job. About 891,000 Oklahomans are classified as sedentary, an important indicator for future obesity rates.

Cline said Oklahomans are showing progress in improving their health, steps that are reflected in the national health rankings.

“Having that relative ranking of 43rd is very good news. But it’s not advancing as rapidly as it is in other states,” Cline said. “We’re trending in the right direction. But it’s not good enough.”

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