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 2012 almost two-thirds (59.1%) of all adults were overweight or obese. 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.
In 2011, the BRFSS changed its methodology from a landline only sample and weighting based on post-stratification to a landline/cell phone sample and raking as the weighting methodology. Raking accounts for variables such as income, education, marital status, and home ownership during weighting and has the potential to more accurately reflect the population distribution. The data on this graph is based on the new methodology (landline/cell phone sample; raking). Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
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 12/03/2013, Published on 12/04/2013