The medical community and the nation's health professionals have been citing our weight gain stats for decades. But how do Lodi's waistlines measure up? It appears Lodi has more inches to lose than the rest of California.

In California, about 25 percent of the adult population is considered obese. But in San Joaquin County, the adult obesity rate is 36 percent. It should come as no surprise, then, that the area's residents are also ahead of the rest of the state in physical inactivity -- 22 percent of Lodi is inactive, versus 18 percent of the state's residents. Together, the obesity rates and physically inactivity rates are combining to result in 11 percent of San Joaquin County with a known type 2 diabetes diagnosis, versus a 10 percent diagnosis for the rest of California.

And the area's children also appear to be leaders in the race to obesity.

About 40 percent of the state's 5th graders are overweight or obese and at risk to developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. In San Joaquin County, a little more than 44 percent of the area's 10- to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese.

Obesity's clear link to chronic disease means Lodi is ranking higher in type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Consider these statistics:

  1. San Joaquin County has the third highest rate of diabetes in California.
  2. People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
  3. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in San Joaquin County and worldwide
  4. Diabetes is also among the leading causes of death in San Joaquin County.
  5. The CDC estimates that many chronic diseases could be prevented, delayed, or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes, preventing 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes as well as 40% of cancer.