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. Because children's body composition varies with age and sex, their BMI is determined using age- and sex-specific percentiles. Children with BMIs in the 95th or greater percentile 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, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Reference Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance