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Franklin county sees major spike in obesity, according to study


This news story was published on June 29, 2020.
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Source: MedicareAdvantage.com’s analysis of CDC data

Hampton, Iowa, in the heart of Franklin county.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Iowa’s Franklin county is suffering a surge of obesity and is failing to flatten the curve on the fat bulge, new research claims.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 42% of American adults are obese and that rate has doubled in the past 20 years and has nearly tripled over the past 50 years. The research team at MedicareAdvantage.com just published a national ranking of counties with the sharpest 10 year-increase and decline in obesity among citizens. Franklin County in Iowa saw obesity rates increase by 20.1% during that span, which is the eighth-highest in the nation.

Additional Franklin Co. obesity data:

The county saw its obesity rate climb from 26.7% of residents in 2006 to 46.8% in 2016.

Franklin County’s current obesity rate, 46.8%, is 14.8 percentage points higher than the state obesity average of 32.0%.

Franklin Co. is the only county from Iowa to rank in the top 25 for greatest obesity increases in the nation.

The study is based off the most recent CDC and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation data.

Obesity is one of the most prominent risks to the health of Americans, and that risk is amplified amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

People with obesity have an increased risk for severe (and potentially fatal) complications from COVID-19 infection. In fact, early data shows that obesity is one of the top underlying conditions among people aged 18-64 who have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, second only to hypertension.

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8 Responses to Franklin county sees major spike in obesity, according to study

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    That Dollar Fresh just opened in that town too. They have lots and lots of food ready to take and eat. Party!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 1, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Loves me some Godfathers chicken and pizza

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 1, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Just don’t blame the obesity rate on the Windsor Theaters popcorn. Its the best, especially when they bring it right to your car!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 30, 2020 at 7:57 am

    If only there was more Mexican restaurants or places to get pizza in town.

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    BigButtDiane Reply Report comment

    June 30, 2020 at 7:09 am

    And? Are we not free? I’ve been known to eat an extra taco or twelve. Freedom.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 30, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Yeah, and a kwik star has a ginormous bag of animal crackers. Best on the planet!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 29, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    I wish Hampton had its own Buffalo Wild Wings so I didn’t have to drive to Mason City.

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    Connie Reply Report comment

    June 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    We do love our Casey’s pizza here! And darn proud of it