Sunday, August 24, 2014

Adult Obesity Continues to Increase

The new County Health Statistics from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute are published.  They can be reviewed in detail online.  The web site is very user friendly and interesting to study.

One of the most disappointing stats is the persistent increase in adults with BMI over 30 or obese.  Hamilton County is now at 31% of the population with a BMI of 30 or above.

It is clear that more detail of this data is needed.  The work of the Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition has found that there is a dramatic variation in obesity rates by demographic factors in the Chattanooga Region.  We have also seen that some communities, especially the at-risk communities, have started to fatigue on addressing obesity.  I hope that this continued increase in obesity will propel a coordinated and effective effort to curb the impact of obesity in the Tennessee Valley.

1 comment:

  1. We've seen an increase in obesity in children and adults over the past decade or so. I am really quite shocked because everyone knows about it yet everyone has the attitude that it wouldn't happen them all the time. I think we all need to start taking the advice of our doctors and pediatricians. I think by doing that, we can start to bring the obesity problem down and help a ton of people.