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

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 

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

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/20/2012

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