Philadelphia County Obesity

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Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous city in the United States.

Obesity in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has the second-highest rate of obesity among the 10 counties containing the nation's largest cities, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 68 percent of adults — and 41 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 — are overweight or obese.

Childhood obesity in Philadelphia

Additionally, nearly 70% of youth in North Philadelphia, the majority of whom are black or Hispanic, are overweight or obese, which is nearly double the obesity and overweight rate for youth in the United States. Fruit and vegetable consumption is a challenge for residents, with nearly 25% of youth and 30% of adults getting only one serving or less per day. Further, approximately 25% of youth do not get sustained physical activity even once a week.


Racial disparities in Obesity

Obesity affects certain races more than others.

  • Hispanics (47.0%) and non-Hispanic blacks (46.8%) had the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity, followed by non-Hispanic whites (37.9%) and non-Hispanic Asians (12.7%).
  • The prevalence of obesity was 35.7% among young adults aged 20 to 39 years, 42.8% among middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 41.0% among older adults aged 60 and older.

Cost of obesity

  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Causes of weight gain Philadelphia

Man factors lead to weight gain including metabolic factors such as insulin resistance, nutritional, genetic, environmental, behavioral, genetic, environmental, medications and other factors.

Strategies for weight loss Philadelphia

There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach.

Treatment of obesity Philadelphia

Obesity is treated using one or more of these strategies:

Benefits of weight loss Philadelphia

Even modest weight loss can mean big benefits, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

Health conditions related to obesity

Excess weight may increase the risk for many health problems, including

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Communities and neighborhoods in Philadelphia to lose weight

Center City

South Philadelphia

Southwest Philadelphia

West Philadelphia

Lower North Philadelphia

Upper North Philadelphia

Bridesburg-Kensington-Port Richmond

The Bridesburg-Kensington-Port Richmond section of Philadelphia is the area north of Center City. This area "... consists of the neighborhoods including: Bridesburg, Fishtown, Olde Richmond, Juniata Park, New Kensington, North West Kensington, Port Richmond..." and "... was once predominantly industrial.


The Roxborough-Manyunk section of Philadelphia is an official planning district of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Germantown-Chestnut Hill

The Germantown-Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia is about 7–8 miles northwest from the center of the city. The neighborhood of Germantown is rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era, a few of which are open to the public. Its namesake also comes from the village of Chestnut Hill was part of the German Township laid out by Francis Daniel Pastorius and came to include the settlements originally known as Sommerhausen and Crefeld, as well as part of Cresheim. The area generally served as a gateway between Philadelphia and the nearby farmlands. During the American Revolutionary War era (late 18th century), the area was one of many summer vacation spots due to its higher elevation, 400–500 feet (120 to 150 m) above sea level, and cooler temperatures than the historic Center City. Chestnut Hill is still stereotypically known as one of the more affluent sections of Philadelphia.

Olney-Oak Lane

The Olney-Oak Lane Planning Analysis Section is an official section of Philadelphia. It is part of North Philadelphia.

Near Northeast Philadelphia

The Northeast is now both racially and ethnically diverse and has a large immigrant population.

Far Northeast Philadelphia

Far Northeast Philadelphia is an official planning section of Philadelphia that is north of the Near Northeast section of Philadelphia.

W8MD weight loss center locations in greater Philadelphia


Call 215-676-2334.

New Jersey

Call 800-W8MD-007

Also see Pennsylvania weight loss

Also see

Obesity | Diet | Nutrition | Wellness | Encyclopedia of obesity | Weight loss articles | Encyclopedia of weight loss

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