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Jeannette Manger


Objective: To investigate the association between adult obesity and several health-related factors: access to healthy food, exercise opportunities, and physical inactivity in Ohio compared to other Midwestern regional states (Illinois and Iowa) in 2022

Methods: Data was obtained from a County Health Rankings Model using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Data were then weighted to reflect population distribution and then used to measure various health behaviors and health-related quality of life (RQoL) indicators.

Results: We found significantly higher rates of adult obesity in Ohio compared to Illinois and Iowa. It was also determined that adult obesity in Ohio was most impacted by physical inactivity.

Conclusion: It has been demonstrated that Ohio is worse off than other Midwestern states in terms of adult obesity and the most beneficial place to start would be to focus on physical inactivity.