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Indicator Report - Overweight or Obese

Why Is This Important?

Being overweight increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some cancers. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.(1)

Utahns have been gaining weight so rapidly that in 2013 almost two-thirds (60.6%) of all adults were overweight or obese (age-adjusted rate). The obesity epidemic among Utahns threatens to reverse the decades-long progress made in reducing death from chronic disease.

Overweight or Obese by Race, Utah, 2012-2013

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Data Notes

Overweight or obese is defined as a BMI of 25 or more. BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters.   Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Definition

The proportion of persons age 18 years and older who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25.0 kg/m2 calculated from self-reported weight and height.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of respondents age 18 years and older who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25.0 kg/m2 calculated from self-reported weight and height.
Denominator: The number of respondents age 18 years and older for whom BMI can be calculated from their self-reported weight and height (excludes unknowns or refusals for weight and height).

Page Content Updated On 10/31/2014, Published on 12/01/2014
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Content updated: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:01:40 MST