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Alabama - 2012



  • Outcomes Rank 49
  • Determinants Rank 44
  • Overall Rank 45
  • Diabetes Rank 46
  • Smoking Rank 41
  • Obesity Rank 47
AL Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)


  • Low prevalence of binge drinking
  • High per capita public health funding
  • High immunization coverage



  • High prevalence of smoking
  • High prevalence of obesity, sedentary lifestyle & diabetes
  • High prevalence of low birthweight & high infant mortality rate



  • Almost 1.2 million adults in Alabama are obese and the same number of adults lead a sedentary lifestyle.
  • There are 434,000 adults with diabetes in the state.
  • Smoking remains high at 24.3 percent of the adult population, with almost 900,000 adult smokers in Alabama.
  • High school graduation rates have improved in the last five years from 65.0% to 69.9% of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years.
  • In the past five years, the rate of preventable hospitalizations decreased from 94.8 to 80.1 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.
  • In the last year, the infant mortality rate declined from 9.7 to 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.



  • In Alabama, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 43.1 percent than Hispanics at 31.1 percent and non-Hispanic whites at 28.8 percent; and smoking is more prevalent among Hispanics at 31.9 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 22.0 percent and non-Hispanic blacks at 21.7 percent.


State Health Department Web Site: www.adph.org

Alabama - 2012



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