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.