By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- The Lubbock Board of Health met today for the State of the Health of our city.
According to the Board of Health we aren't the worst in Texas, but we do have quite a ways to go.
"Over all I think we face the same chronic health problems we face across the entire nation," says Dr. Brian Carr, Chairman of the Board of Health.
He says when it comes to Lubbock's health there are three areas we need work on.
Lubbock County-- males weighed in an average of 195 pounds and women 154.
Far above the average. Causing more health issues, like diabetes.
A total of 26% of adults are considered obese and 7.9% of adults are considered diabetic.
"They're not teaching children early on to be physically active and they become sedentary and if you look at the rates of diabetes of type 2 diabetes which is primarily associated with obesity."
And a major problem, the fatty fast cheap foods we see opening up everyday in our city.
The CDC put out a study saying American's are drinking way too much alcohol.
Dr. Carr says this is right in line with Lubbock, Texas with more than 98% of adults saying they drink on a regular basis.
"I think its so engrained in our lifestyle. Much like food we associate. How can you have a celebration without having some sort of alcohol?"
And while tobacco use is average, the concern of E-Cigarettes is rising.
"I think this is a whole new venue that we have to be careful that we just dont allow them to unrestricted access."
25% of Lubbock residents are uninsured right now.
"If you break it down my ethnicity you have among hispanic population here in Lubbock County its as much as 60 percent."
To Dr. Carr, these numbers indicate something needs to be done in order to improve the health of Lubbock.
While the Lubbock Health Department does a good job, Dr. Carr says more could be done if more health professionals got involved to help make Lubbock a healthier city.
Dr. Carr says the Board of Health is looking into community programs like "Pound for Person"--
Where area communities or businesses compete against one another to become healthier and more active individuals.