In a wide-ranging report card on health, a survey has found that growing numbers of South Floridians are overweight and have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inactive lifestyles and no health insurance.

All those factors put people at greater risk for an array of illnesses including heart disease, stroke and organ failure, and the rising incidence in the local population worries health leaders.

"I have obesity at the top of my list. I have diabetes at the top," said John A. Benz, chief strategic officer for the tax-supported South Broward Hospital District, who has been tracking the survey for 12 years. "But obesity is clearly No. 1. We are opening ourselves for big problems related to our weight."

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted earlier this year in Broward County, but officials said state and county health data show that the trends are almost identical in Palm Beach County and much of South Florida.

"We're pretty much going to be in the same boat," said Timothy O'Connor, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Health Department. "We would be pretty consistent with what they see there."

The survey was done for Community Coordinating Council of Broward, a nonprofit group of social and health agencies that has conducted six such surveys since 1994. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. The same mix of unhealthy conditions is playing out nationally among children and adults, but officials said South Florida's high numbers are partly -- but not totally -- explained by its large elderly population.

In the new and the past surveys, both counties scored better than the overall nation on many key health indicators, including making regular visits to doctors and dentists and getting some preventive tests.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol, however, have been more prevalent here than nationally, and took big jumps since the last survey in 2004.

More than 40 percent of adults in the survey reported having high blood pressure, up from 22 percent in the first survey. It was 27 percent in a 2003 Palm Beach County survey.

About 39 percent reported having high cholesterol, up from 30 percent. White people were almost twice as likely to be affected as blacks or Hispanics. The Palm Beach County number was 40 percent.

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