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Being overweight is a major risk factor for a number of diseases. Dietary factors contribute substantially to the burden of preventable illness and premature death in the United States.They are associated with 5 of the 10 leading causes of death: coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, stroke, noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, and atherosclerosis.We recognize that many of the habits that lead to obesity later in life are established during childhood. Buffalo County Community Health Partners are committed to identifying strategies that address the early life habits that lead to obesity. (Source: Healthy People 2000).
Obesity and Overweight
GOAL: Reduce obesity and overweight by increasing positive health behaviors relative to physical exercise and nutrition.
Baseline: 22.9% 9-12 graders engaged in 20 minutes of Physical activity daily for past 7 days (YBRFS 2000)
Baseline: 23.3% 18 yrs and older are inactive (ABRFS 2000)
Baseline: 2.8% of 9-12th graders consume fruit and 1.2% consume vegetables 4 times or more daily (YBRFS 2000)
Baseline: 19% of adults consume 5 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables. (ABRFS 2000)
When a body mass index (BMI) cut-point of 25 is used, nearly 55 percent of the adult population was defined as overweight or obese in 1988-94, compared to 46 percent in 1976-80. In particular, the proportion of adults defined as obese by a BMI 30 or greater has increased from 14.5 percent to 22.5 percent. A similar increase in overweight and obesity also has been observed in children above age 6 years in both genders and in all population groups.
Baseline: 55.7% adults 18 years and older are overweight and obese as measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI) (ABRFS 2000)