Health and Nutrition of West Alton, MO Residents

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Fifty three percent of West Alton residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 20 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of four meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get one of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat two frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Here 53.1%
  • St. Charles County 50.7%
  • State 49.8%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • West Alton 19.8
  • St. Charles County 21.1
  • Missouri 21.3

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • West Alton 3.7
  • County 3.9
  • Missouri 3.6

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Here 1.3
  • St. Charles County 1.8
  • Missouri 1.8

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Here 2.2
  • County 1.9
  • Missouri 1.8

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 2.0
  • St. Charles County 3.8
  • State 3.7

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average West Alton resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Fifteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Sixteen percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). West Alton residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 40 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average three days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 24 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Here 1.7
  • County 1.8
  • Missouri 2.0

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Here 15.1%
  • St. Charles County 14.9%
  • Missouri 15.9%

People with gum disease (%)

  • West Alton 16.3%
  • St. Charles County 21.1%
  • Missouri 21.1%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Here 40.2%
  • County 49.1%
  • State 46.9%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • West Alton 2.6
  • St. Charles County 3.0
  • Missouri 2.8

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • West Alton 2.8
  • County 2.7
  • State 2.8

Average number of teeth

  • Here 24.4
  • St. Charles County 23.5
  • Missouri 22.6

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

The average height of West Alton residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 179 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 28. Thirty nine percent of people living here are obese. Forty seven percent have ever been obese. Thirty one percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 66.3
  • St. Charles County 67.3
  • Missouri 67.0

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 178.5
  • St. Charles County 181.4
  • Missouri 180.9

Average BMI

  • West Alton 28.5
  • St. Charles County 28.6
  • State 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Here 38.7%
  • St. Charles County 35.7%
  • Missouri 37.4%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • West Alton 46.7%
  • St. Charles County 47.4%
  • State 49.1%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Here 31.3%
  • St. Charles County 37.8%
  • Missouri 35.4%

Forty two percent of West Alton residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty five percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Twenty four percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Eight percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • West Alton 42.4%
  • County 65.5%
  • Missouri 64.8%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • West Alton 24.9%
  • County 24.3%
  • Missouri 23.6%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 23.8%
  • St. Charles County 22.2%
  • Missouri 21.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Here 3.5%
  • St. Charles County 3.0%
  • State 3.1%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • West Alton 8.2%
  • St. Charles County 13.3%
  • State 12.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Nineteen percent of people living in West Alton have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Fifty two percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • West Alton 19.4%
  • County 8.2%
  • State 10.1%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • West Alton 52.2%
  • St. Charles County 47.0%
  • State 47.5%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

West Alton residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 0.9
  • County 1.0
  • Missouri 1.1

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Six percent of West Alton residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Fifty seven percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Seventeen percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Eighteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Fourteen percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 6.5%
  • County 10.8%
  • Missouri 11.4%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Here 56.6%
  • County 69.1%
  • State 68.8%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • West Alton 17.2%
  • County 30.5%
  • State 30.1%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Here 18.0%
  • St. Charles County 17.4%
  • Missouri 16.2%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Here 14.3%
  • County 24.1%
  • Missouri 22.1%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Fifty three percent of people living in West Alton are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 52.5%
  • County 76.0%
  • State 75.7%

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Twenty three percent of people living in West Alton have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Sixteen percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Forty six percent of people in West Alton frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twenty six percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Here 23.1%
  • County 20.3%
  • Missouri 23.7%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • West Alton 15.7%
  • County 24.2%
  • State 25.4%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 45.6%
  • County 42.1%
  • Missouri 43.2%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Here 26.1%
  • St. Charles County 16.5%
  • State 19.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Thirteen percent of people living in West Alton use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • West Alton 13.1%
  • St. Charles County 41.9%
  • Missouri 36.0%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eighteen percent of West Alton residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty four percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Twenty eight percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Thirty five percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Fourteen percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty one percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Thirteen percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Ten percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Three percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Here 18.1%
  • St. Charles County 25.0%
  • Missouri 25.7%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 24.0%
  • County 25.5%
  • State 26.6%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Here 27.5%
  • St. Charles County 42.3%
  • Missouri 41.7%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 34.8%
  • County 51.7%
  • Missouri 51.3%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 13.6%
  • St. Charles County 25.7%
  • State 27.4%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • West Alton 20.6%
  • County 20.5%
  • Missouri 21.0%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Here 13.4%
  • St. Charles County 18.7%
  • Missouri 18.8%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Here 10.4%
  • St. Charles County 12.2%
  • State 13.3%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Here 3.2%
  • St. Charles County 3.9%
  • State 4.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

West Alton residents on average take one prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • West Alton 1.3
  • St. Charles County 2.0
  • State 2.2

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Eighty six percent of people living in West Alton have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Eight percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.4 days per month on average. They have 6.2 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 41 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • West Alton 86.4%
  • County 83.2%
  • State 80.3%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Here 8.3%
  • St. Charles County 8.5%
  • Missouri 10.4%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 4.4
  • County 5.3
  • State 5.1

Average drinks/week

  • Here 6.2
  • St. Charles County 5.3
  • Missouri 5.6

Average days/year people drink much

  • West Alton 41.1
  • County 21.9
  • State 23.3

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ninety one percent of West Alton residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Eighty seven percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Seventy four percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty five percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Six percent of males in West Alton have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. People in West Alton were 18 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 17 women. He has vaginal sex with 16 women. People living here were on average 21 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on five women. People in West Alton were 23 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. Twenty three percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in West Alton has vaginal or anal sex 29 times a year. Thirty eight percent have sex without using a condom. Thirty seven percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Here 90.8%
  • St. Charles County 97.5%
  • State 97.2%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 87.2%
  • St. Charles County 94.3%
  • Missouri 94.3%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Here 73.7%
  • County 89.0%
  • State 87.1%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • West Alton 44.6%
  • St. Charles County 46.7%
  • Missouri 47.3%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Here 5.6%
  • St. Charles County 6.6%
  • State 5.9%

Average age people first had sex

  • Here 17.6
  • St. Charles County 16.9
  • State 16.8

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 17.2
  • County 22.4
  • Missouri 26.4

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 15.8
  • St. Charles County 18.5
  • Missouri 20.6

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • West Alton 21.2
  • County 21.5
  • Missouri 21.6

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 4.6
  • St. Charles County 4.9
  • State 5.0

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Here 22.7
  • County 19.6
  • Missouri 19.9

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 22.8%
  • County 6.0%
  • State 8.6%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Here 28.7
  • County 62.9
  • Missouri 60.7

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Here 38.4%
  • County 60.6%
  • Missouri 55.1%

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • West Alton 37.1%
  • County 85.7%
  • Missouri 83.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twelve percent of households in West Alton use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Three percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • West Alton 12.4%
  • County 9.5%
  • Missouri 10.2%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Here 3.2%
  • County 4.4%
  • Missouri 4.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

West Alton residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty one percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • West Alton 6.7
  • St. Charles County 6.8
  • State 6.8

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Here 21.3%
  • St. Charles County 32.3%
  • Missouri 31.9%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Forty seven percent of West Alton residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • West Alton 47.4%
  • St. Charles County 49.9%
  • State 51.3%

Twenty six percent of West Alton residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Forty four percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Forty four percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Twenty two percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty two percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend five hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about two hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 0.6 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • West Alton 26.0%
  • County 21.5%
  • Missouri 21.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 43.5%
  • County 38.2%
  • Missouri 37.7%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Here 43.7%
  • St. Charles County 30.2%
  • Missouri 29.9%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • West Alton 21.6%
  • County 22.8%
  • State 19.9%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • West Alton 32.1%
  • County 47.7%
  • Missouri 43.0%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • West Alton 4.6
  • St. Charles County 6.4
  • Missouri 6.2

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 2.1
  • St. Charles County 2.6
  • State 2.8

Average hours a day using computer

  • West Alton 0.6
  • St. Charles County 1.3
  • Missouri 1.2

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Seven percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Twenty one percent are overweight. Twelve percent of people living in West Alton have ever received a blood transfusion. Thirty five percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty seven percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Three percent have ever been told they had gout. Two percent have coronary heart disease. Four percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition.

Summary

People with psoriasis (%)

  • West Alton 7.1%
  • St. Charles County 4.3%
  • State 3.9%

People with overweight (%)

  • West Alton 21.1%
  • St. Charles County 34.5%
  • State 34.3%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Here 11.6%
  • St. Charles County 10.9%
  • Missouri 11.9%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Here 35.4%
  • County 16.6%
  • State 18.5%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Here 27.2%
  • County 24.2%
  • Missouri 26.5%

People with gout (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • County 3.8%
  • State 4.0%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • West Alton 1.6%
  • County 2.7%
  • Missouri 3.3%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • West Alton 4.4%
  • St. Charles County 3.0%
  • Missouri 3.9%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • West Alton 3.5%
  • County 2.8%
  • State 3.0%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in West Alton report their general health condition on average at 49 percent. Two percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 47 percent of West Alton residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Nine percent of people living in West Alton are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • West Alton 49.3%
  • St. Charles County 58.4%
  • State 56.3%

Blood donors (%)

  • West Alton 2.2%
  • St. Charles County 5.0%
  • Missouri 4.7%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • West Alton 46.5%
  • St. Charles County 42.5%
  • Missouri 40.3%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Here 9.3%
  • County 8.8%
  • State 8.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People in West Alton spend $470 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 26 percent of their income. The average family in West Alton spends $104 on food at other stores monthly. This is five percent of their income. They spend $210 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is seven percent of their income. They also spend $14 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Here $470
  • St. Charles County $370
  • State $358

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Here 25.8%
  • St. Charles County 22.8%
  • State 23.5%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • West Alton $104
  • County $73
  • Missouri $71

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Here 5.1%
  • St. Charles County 4.2%
  • Missouri 4.2%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Here $210
  • County $163
  • State $143

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 7.4%
  • County 7.5%
  • State 7.0%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $14
  • County $27
  • Missouri $25

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 0.5%
  • County 1.2%
  • Missouri 1.3%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in West Alton report their general condition of hearing on average at 85 percent. Ninety five percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety eight percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Fifty six percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Eleven percent of people in West Alton had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • West Alton 85.3%
  • St. Charles County 80.2%
  • Missouri 78.8%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Here 95.3%
  • County 79.4%
  • Missouri 78.4%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Here 97.6%
  • St. Charles County 95.5%
  • State 94.9%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • West Alton 56.3%
  • St. Charles County 40.8%
  • State 42.7%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • West Alton 10.7%
  • County 16.1%
  • State 15.7%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eighteen percent of West Alton residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Here 17.6%
  • St. Charles County 23.9%
  • State 26.6%

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Fourteen percent of West Alton residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Seventeen percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Ten percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Eleven percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Nine percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Here 13.7%
  • County 15.8%
  • Missouri 18.4%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • West Alton 16.6%
  • St. Charles County 22.2%
  • Missouri 24.8%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • West Alton 10.4%
  • County 8.0%
  • Missouri 9.4%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • West Alton 11.4%
  • County 8.1%
  • State 9.6%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • West Alton 9.0%
  • County 6.4%
  • Missouri 8.0%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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