Obesity

Definition: Percent of adults with a body mass index greater than or equal to 30.

Importance
Obesity is an indicator of the overall health and lifestyle of a community. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including:
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Liver and gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
Where We Are
In 2013, 20.3% of adults in Douglas County reported a body mass index greater than or equal to 30. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas and the U.S. in 2013.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Lowered to 30.6%.

Additional Information
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short- term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.

Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.
Obesity Trend Analysis
Obesity Disparity Analysis