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Complete Indicator Profile of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese

Definition

Overweight and obese estimates are based on self-reported height and weight, which are used to generate Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations.

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older reporting that they are neither overweight nor obese

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of adults in the survey who are overweight or obese may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Obesity increases an individual's risk for a host of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. It also increases the risk for premature death. The CDC calls obesity a 'national health threat' and 'a major public health challenge.'" - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2010

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2009 34.6% 33.1% 36.2%
North Carolina 2010 34.7% 33.2% 36.2%
North Carolina 2011 34.9%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 38.1%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 38.1%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Ethnicity, 2010

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Hispanic Ethnicity Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Hispanic 33.2% 25.7% 41.6%
Non-Hispanic 34.8% 33.3% 36.3%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Race, 2010

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Race Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
White 36.0% 34.4% 37.7%
African American 28.4% 24.4% 32.3%
Asian 57.7% 44.0% 70.2%
Native American 31.5% 21.8% 43.3%
Other 34.2% 25.9% 43.6%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Sex, 2009-2010

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Males vs. Females Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2009 29.3% 27.0% 31.8%
Male 2010 28.6% 26.3% 30.9%
Female 2009 39.7% 37.8% 41.7%
Female 2010 40.7% 38.8% 42.5%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Age, 2010

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Age Group Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-24 55.4% 48.3% 62.3%
25-34 31.8% 30.7% 39.1%
35-44 31.3% 28.5% 34.3%
45-54 30.0% 27.5% 32.6%
55-64 27.2% 25.0% 29.4%
65-74 29.1% 26.6% 31.7%
75+ 42.0% 38.7% 45.3%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Education, 2010

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Education Level Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 37.0% 32.4% 41.8%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 34.2% 31.2% 37.4%
Some Post High School 33.3% 30.4% 36.6%
College Graduate 35.3% 33.2% 37.5%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese for Select Counties, 2010

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Selected Counties Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 30.6% 23.3% 39.0%
Buncombe 38.0% 30.6% 46.0%
Cabarrus 33.5% 26.5% 41.3%
Catawba 28.0% 21.3% 35.8%
Cumberland 30.0% 23.6% 37.2%
Davidson 33.1% 25.3% 41.9%
Durham 40.7% 34.8% 46.8%
Forsyth 39.9% 31.9% 48.5%
Gaston 42.0% 32.4% 52.3%
Guilford 38.4% 33.1% 44.0%
Iredell 33.4% 26.4% 41.3%
Johnston 29.2% 20.3% 40.0%
Mecklenburg 40.7% 34.9% 46.8%
New Hanover 35.2% 28.7% 42.3%
Onslow 38.7% 30.9% 47.1%
Orange 46.8% 38.5% 55.3%
Pitt 27.3% 20.1% 35.8%
Randolph 27.7% 21.5% 34.9%
Robeson 34.3% 26.8% 42.7%
Rowan 32.1% 25.5% 39.5%
Union 42.7% 34.2% 51.6%
Wake 40.2% 34.6% 45.9%
Wayne 29.6% 23.0% 37.1%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 02/19/2013
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