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Indicator Report - Adults Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese

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.

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

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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 

Other Views


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

How We Calculated the Rates

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

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