Overweight and Obesity

What This Indicator Measures

This indicator tracks the percentage of overweight or obese adults in Western New York.

Why This Measure Matters

Research has shown that overweight individuals are at risk for a number of correlated conditions, including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers (endometrial, breast and colon), hypertension (high blood pressure), elevated cholesterol and stroke.

% of Western New York Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese

Data Sources & Notes

This chart presents summary level results from the New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported in the New York State Department of Health County Health Assessment Indicator (CHAI) reports for 2004-06.

A random sampling of adult respondents ages 18 and up were queried over the telephone in July 2003 about their health related behaviors. Height and weight were among the information collected from survey respondents. This indicator reflects the percent of respondents having a calculated body mass index of 25 or more. Body mass index is defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.

A total of 640 interviews were conducted in each of 38 localities sampled across New York State, which include from Western New York: Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans, Allegany and Wyoming Counties. Survey procedures paralleled those of the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System administered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which collect similar data at the national and state levels.

Western New York's average reflects a population-weighted average, while the New York State average is reported by CHAI. The national average is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported by the CDC. The Healthy People 2010 goal reflects the target set by Objective 1-1 to increase the proportion of persons having health insurance to 100 percent. Healthy People 2010 provides a set of measurable "disease prevention and health promotion" goals for the nation across 28 different topic areas.

WNY Health Care Priorities

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Measuring Methods

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