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.
Data NotesOverweight 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 SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionThe 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
Page Content Updated On 10/31/2014, Published on 12/01/2014