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Slide 1 - The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Overview
Slide 2 - Executive Summary 65.7% of N.C. adults are overweight or obese NC ranks 5th worst in childhood obesity Four of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. are related to obesity coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, and several forms of cancer
Slide 3 - The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Defining Obesity
Slide 4 - Body Mass Index (BMI) defined as weight (in kilograms) divided by height (in meters) squared correlates with amount of body fat easily obtainable in a clinical setting
Slide 5 - Child Weight Definitions 2007 Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, convened by: The American Medical Association (AMA) The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Slide 6 - Classification of Child Weight The Expert Committee recommends classifying children and youth ages 2-18 as: Overweight if BMI is ≥ 85 percentile but <95 percentile for age and sex. Obese if BMI is ≥ 95 percentile for age and sex, or exceeds 30 kg/m2.
Slide 7 - Weight Categories
Slide 8 - N.C. Children and Youth In 2008, among N.C. children ages 10-17, 17.6% were overweight, and 15.2% were obese (a combined 32.8% were overweight or obese), compared to 61.3% who were at a healthy weight. One-third of N.C. children typically consumed one serving or less of vegetables per day and 20% of children did not meet the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes per day. In 2007, 50% of children watched more than two hours of television on a typical day.
Slide 9 - N.C. Children by BMI
Slide 10 - Adult Obesity in N.C. 65.7 % of N.C. adults are overweight or obese, above the national average. 56% are not meeting the physical activity recommendation 78% are not meeting the fruits or vegetables recommendation
Slide 11 - Adult Obesity in N.C. Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating combined are the 2nd leading preventable cause of death in N.C., and both increase the risk of: Heart disease Certain types of cancer Diabetes High blood pressure Stroke Obesity
Slide 12 - N.C. Adults, BMI Trends
Slide 13 - “By 2010, reduce the percentage of adults (20 years old or older) who are obese to 15%.”
Slide 14 - North Carolina Costs In N.C., overweight and obesity accounted for $83 million in medical costs in 2003 for those with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) coverage. The N.C. BCBS customers who were obese had costs 32% higher than those with healthy weights.
Slide 15 - North Carolina Costs
Slide 16 - Understanding Obesity Excessive weight gain in the American population is largely due to changes in our culture. Energy-dense, highly-refined food choices, dietary habits, and food insecurity have been identified as potential contributors to the obesity epidemic.
Slide 17 - Obesity-Related Chronic Disease More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable. Overweight and obesity are significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status. Inadequate fruits and vegetables, lack of leisure time physical activity, obesity, and overweight make up 80% of N.C.’s risk factor or behaviors.
Slide 18 - Preventable Causes of Death in N.C. State Center for Health Statistics, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (2007).