Gallup poll ranks KY sixth in obesity, 2nd for diabetes
A new report shows 29.5 percent of Kentuckians are obese, ranking sixth highest in the nation. The state ranked second in the nation for the highest percentage of diabetes, with 13.7 percent of Kentucky residents diagnosed with the disease, and fourth in high blood pressure, at 36.3 percent. The survey asked respondents if they had been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension. To measure obesity, "participants were asked to report their height and weight, allowing Gallup to calculate their body mass index," reports The Huffington Post. While this method of calculating BMI is not wholly accurate, it can give a rough estimate. A person with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.