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
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.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics