NC Strategic Scorecard
1.2.2 Weight

Target: Less than 15% of adults are obese
Actual 2005:   26%
US Rank 2005: 35th US rank for most current year
SE Rank 2004: 3rd SE rank for most current year
SE Region: AL FL GA KY MS NC SC TN VA WV   Updated 10/28/06

 
Primary Performance Indicator


Percent of Adults Obese

 Performance Trend:
Declining
The trend depicts the degree to which actual performance has approached the target in recent years.
Comments
NC, along with the rest of the nation, is struggling with excess weight.
Since 1994, the percent of adults who are classified as obese has been on the rise, both in NC and in the US. But, during that time, NC's adult obesity rate has fallen from 113% to 105% of the national average.
Since 2000, NC's state obesity rankings have improved slightly from 40th to 37th in the nation and from 4th to 3rd in the region.
  Definition (What Is Being Measured)
Percent of adults who are obese (body mass index of 30 or higher).
Source: US DHHS, CDC & Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System;
United Health Foundation (America's Health: State health Rankings - 2004 Edition).
Relevance (Why This Is Important)
NC, along with the rest of the nation, struggles with obesity. Encouraging healthy lifestyles will improve overall health, reduce medical and insurance costs and lead to an improved quality of life for North Carolinians.
 
Other Highlights
North Carolina
In 2003, NC had the 33rd best (tie) adult obesity rate in the US, but the 2nd best in the SE region (Source: United Health Foundation).
From 1998 to 2003, the percent of low-income children aged 12-18 considered overweight increased from 23.5% to 26.5% (Source: NC Department of Public Instruction).
There is some good news. From 1998 to 2003, the percent of students in grades 9-12 who reported exercising regularly (i.e., at least 20 minutes per day, three days a week) increased from 55.3% to 61.2% (Source: NC Department of Public Instruction).
NC was one of only 11 states in the US and two states in the SE region awarded a B by the University of Baltimore for its overall efforts to combat obesity (no states earned an A).
Southeast Region

   NC was one of two states in the region to earn
     a B for its efforts to address obesity (2003
     University of Baltimore study).
 
National
NC was one of 11 states to receive a B for its overall efforts to address obesity. No states earned an A (2003 University of Baltimore study).
The obesity epidemic is growing even among our youngest; since 1994, the percent of children aged 2 to 5 who are overweight has increased from 7% to 10% (Source: American Heart Association). One-third of those at least 65 years old do not get any leisure time physical activities and one fifth of older Americans are obese (Source: CDCP and Merck Institute of Aging & Health). Since 1990, the prevalence of obesity has increased in all 50 states. Obesity is estimated to cost society 300,000 deaths and $117 billion per year (Source: Vermont).
Since 1990, the prevalence of obesity has increased in all 50 states. Obesity is estimated to cost society 300,000 deaths and $117 billion per year (Source: Vermont).
  Global
 
  Data Links
US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
US Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
 
United Health Foundation
American Heart Association
Merck Institute of Aging & Health
Goal 1.2: Encourage healthy lifestyles