One third of the residents in Northwest Kansas are obese according to a new study. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation found that well over 33% of Northwest Kansas men and women are obese. This new study tracks obesity county by county, in Kansas and across the country.
In Ellis County 35.8% of men and 34.1% of women are considered obese. In Trego County 36.2% of men and 35.8% of women were obese.
The state average for men was 35.8 percent, while the women average was 36.1 percent for the entire state.
Wyandotte County’s women had the worst score, with 50.1 percent obesity.
The report also estimates life expectancy on a county-by-county basis. Ellis County women can expect to live 80.8 years, compared with 76.5 years for men. Johnson County men and women had the longest life expectancy.