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.
In 2019, more than sixty percent of Utah adults were overweight or obese.
Overweight or Obese by Year, Utah and U.S., 1989-2019
In 2019, the overweight or obesity rate in Utah continued to be lower than the U.S. rate.
- Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
- U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
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 2016, Utah BRFSS modified its methodology for age adjustment for increased precision. With this change Utah is consistent with both the U.S. and other states using IBIS. Data has been updated from 2011 onward in all chart views to reflect this change. [[br]]
[[br]] 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.
[[br]] Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
[[br]] Note: At the time of this update, the BRFSS U.S. dataset did not include an age variable but did include five age categories up to age 80+ (vs. the typical weighting scheme that includes 85+). Comparisons with both weighting schemes were compared using Utah data, and the difference was about 1/100 of a percentage point.
Risk FactorsBehaviors such as engaging in physical activity and having a healthy diet, can have a significant impact on reducing the risk of being overweight or obese (see Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Overweight & Obesity: Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences. [https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html]).
How Are We Doing?The percentage of adults who were overweight or obese increased steadily in Utah and the U.S. in the last decade. In Utah, the age-adjusted percentage of overweight or obese individuals increased from 39.7% in 1989 to 63.7% in 2019. While the sampling method changed for 2011 data, this change was still similarly pronounced in the years immediately prior.
What Is Being Done?The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program was established through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The EPICC Program focuses on environmental approaches that promote health, specifically promoting policies around healthy eating and active living. The EPICC Program works:
1) Schools are encouraged to adopt the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. This framework encourages students to be physically active for 60 minutes a day through school, home, and community activities.[[br]]
2) Height and weight trends are being tracked in a sample of elementary students to monitor Utah students.[[br]]
3) Action for Healthy Kids brings partners together to improve nutrition and physical activity environments in Utah schools by implementing the school-based state plan strategies, working with local school boards to improve or develop policies for nutritious foods in schools. This includes recommendations for healthy vending options.
1) The Utah Health Improvement Plan--a public and private partnership--has selected worksites as their priority for the goal of preventing obesity and related chronic conditions. A smaller workgroup, UHIP-O, works to create a culture of health within businesses in the state of Utah.
2) The Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion recognizes businesses that offer employee fitness and health promotion programs.[[br]]
3) The EPICC Program partners with local health departments to encourage worksites to complete the CDC Scorecard and participate in yearly health risk assessment for their employees. The EPICC Program provides toolkits and other resources for employers interested in implementing wellness programs through the [http://choosehealth.utah.gov choosehealth.utah.gov] website: [http://choosehealth.utah.gov/worksites/why-worksite-wellness.php]
1) Local health departments (LHDs) receive federal funding to partner with schools, worksites, and other community-based organizations to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables through food service guidelines, farmers markets, and retail stores. LHDs also work with cities within their jurisdictions to create a built environment that encourages physical activity.
1) The EPICC Program works with healthcare systems to establish community clinical linkages to support individuals at risk for or diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension to engage in lifestyle change programs such as chronic disease self-management and diabetes prevention programs.
1) Ten local health departments statewide have implemented the TOP Star program, which aims to improve the nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding environments and achieve best practice in child care centers and homes.[[br]]
2) The EPICC Program works with state and local partners through the Childcare Obesity Prevention workgroup to implement policy and systems changes in early care and education across agencies statewide.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weightU.S. Target: 33.9 percent
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/26/2020
- by Year, Utah and U.S., 1989-2019
- by Age and Sex, Utah, 2019
- by Ethnicity, Utah, 2019
- by Local Health District, Utah, 2019
- by Race, Utah, 2018-2019
- by Sex and Year, Utah, 1989-2019
- by Education, Utah Adults 25+, 2019
- by Income, Utah, 2019
- by Utah Small Area, 2017-2019