Health: Summary & Data Highlights
- For adults, Seattle had the highest rates of both excessive drinking and binge drinking.
- Almost 2 in 5 King County 12th graders reported using alcohol in the past 30 days.
- Abuse and family dysfunction in childhood are linked to smoking, excessive drinking, obesity, frequent mental distress, and other adverse health outcomes in adulthood.
- Compared to teens in East Region, South Region teens experienced more risk factors that increase their chances of making poor lifestyle choices.
- 1 in 5 King County adults belong to the county’s largest minority group – people with disabilities. Membership in this group can change with time and circumstance. Most adults will have a disability at some point in their lives.
- King County adults with activity limitations were half as likely as those without limitations to graduate from college.
- Although most King County adults participate in activities that enrich their lives, those at lower income and education levels reported less active participation.
- While 3 out of 4 adults participate in sports and physical activities, only 1 in 4 dances or makes music.
- 1 in 10 King County children who qualify for free health insurance have no coverage.
- 40% of King County’s poorest adults have no health insurance; most in this group will be eligible for public insurance through Medicaid expansion in 2014.
- Almost half of non-elderly Hispanic adults in King County have no health insurance.
- Infants in South Region are more likely than those in East Region to die before their 1st birthday.
- Infants in high-poverty neighborhoods are more likely than those in low-poverty neighborhoods to die before their 1st birthday. Since 2001, however, infant mortality has declined significantly only in high-poverty neighborhoods.
- Since 1990, the rate of overweight among King County adults stayed about the same (about 1 in 3); over the same period, however, the rate of obesity more than tripled (to 1 in 5).
- Because the obesity rate was so low among Asians (6%), and because Asians represented a much larger proportion of the population of King County than of the U.S. (14.6% vs. 4.8%, respectively, in 2010), King County’s overall obesity rate of 21% masked significant racial and ethnic group disparities.
- Adults at the highest education and income levels were most likely to meet physical activity standards.
- As they moved through middle school and high school, youth became less physically active; by 12th grade only about 1 in 6 met federal physical activity standards.
- About half of King County’s 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students spent at least 3 hours a day watching TV, playing video games, or using a computer for fun (data not shown).
- Adults born outside the U.S. reported higher stress levels than those born in the U.S.
- People of color had higher stress scores than whites.
- Teen births to Latinas have fallen to new lows in King County. Nevertheless, substantial disparities by race/ethnicity persist.
- Girls in high-poverty neighborhoods were 6.5 times more likely than those in low-poverty neighborhoods to give birth before they were 18 years old.
- Although smoking among King County adults fell for 20 years, this trend has stalled since 2006.
- 1 in 4 King County 12th graders reported using some kind of tobacco product.
Notes, Sources & Related Links
- Alcohol: Notes & Sources
- Childhood Health Risks: Notes & Sources
- Enriching Activities: Notes & Sources
- Infant Mortality: Notes & Sources
- Physical Activity: Notes & Sources
- Teen Births: Notes & Sources
- Community Health Indicators