What is the indicator?
The adult obesity rate, or the percentage of the county population that is obese, or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30, is illustrative of a serious health problem, in Champaign County, statewide, and nationally.
What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?
Adult Obesity Rate
The adult obesity rate data shown here spans only from 2004 to 2013. Champaign County’s adult obesity rate showed no consistent trend over the course of the entire study period. There seems to be a peak in 2010, followed by a decreasing trend, but the survey methodology changed in both 2011 and 2013, so this may be reflected to some degree in the data.
Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?
Obesity is a health problem in and of itself, and is commonly known to exacerbate other health problems. It is included in our set of indicators because it can be easily measured and compared between Champaign County and other areas.
Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?
This data was sourced from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Data and Statistics County Data and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The survey methods used to gather this data changed in 2011 and 2013.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity Percentage. Diabetes Data and Statistics. <http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/countydata/atlas.html>. (Accessed 28 June 2016).