Local woman says new report creating division between races

Did you know your race and ethnicity can make a difference in how healthy you are? That’s according to a new report released on Tuesday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The report says nearly 67 percent of people living in Kentucky are overweight or obese. That’s more than the national average of 63.5 percent. The report goes on to say that 42 percent of black Kentuckians are more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their white or Hispanic counterparts.

Ayrie Crump is a Zumba instructor at Energy Fitness in Paducah. She says the new report is only creating division between races.

"When I see reports like this, I think it’s something else out there to create division."

Crump says the report is flawed and only focuses on a small group of people.

"I think those kind of studies kind of help in some ways to make people aware, but to put it out there like this is and that’s it, especially in the climate that we’re in now, that’s another divisive tool," says Crump.

Crump says the report shouldn’t have been made public. She thinks it’s a useful tool for hospitals and doctors, but not everyday people.

"Those numbers are not going to make anybody get up and do anything they don’t want to do, period," says Crump.

More than 4.4 million people live in Kentucky. The report says it surveyed 11,000 people a year between 2011 and 2013, but Crump says that’s not enough.

In a media release, the president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says in part: "Understanding these disparities is an important step in enacting the policy changes and programs that can reduce and ultimately eliminate them."

Click here to read the full report.

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