What does this indicator measure?

Obesity is defined as having an unhealthy body mass index (BMI) or a body weight greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Adults 18 and older with BMIs of 30.0 or greater are considered obese.

Why is this indicator important?

Being obese increases the risk for certain diseases and other health problems. In 2008, obesity-related U.S. health care costs were estimated at $147 billion (Finkelstein, Health Affairs).

About the data

Community: Indiana

Reference: U.S.

Goal: State Obesity Plan

Measurement Period: 2011

Category: Exercise, Nutrition & Weight

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Reference Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System