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Important Facts for 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

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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Content updated: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:10:06 EDT