State: 59 percent of Manatee County residents are overweight or obese

January 24, 2014 

Almost 59 percent of adults in Manatee County are overweight or obese, according to the Florida Department of Health, which has launched a new campaign targeting obesity.

That may seem high. But in Florida, that puts Manatee in the top 25 percent of the healthiest counties in the state. In Sarasota, the overweight/obesity rate is 57.5 percent.

The figures are for 2010, and are based on Florida Department of Health surveys.

Also measured by the state are residents' activity level and eating habits.

In Manatee in 2007, 24.4 percent of adults were considered "sedentary." The same year, 25.6 percent of adults at at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Both marks put Manatee in the top half among Florida counties.

The weigh and habits of younger residents were also measured.

In 2012, 67.5 percent of middle and high school students were at a healthy weight, putting Manatee in the top half among Florida counties. In Sarasota, the rate was 70.9 percent.

To read the county-by-county statistics, go to

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