Health Brief No. 30: Overweight and Obesity (May 2013)

Did you know that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese? An adult is considered obese if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher.1 An adult is considered overweight if they have a BMI between 25 and 30. Being overweight and/or obese increases the risk of many physical and mental conditions, including diabetes (mellitus type 2), heart disease, complications during pregnancy, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, certain cancers, and others.2 Maintaining a healthy weight is important for staying healthy. Eating a healthy diet and being physically active are 2 important ways to maintain a healthy weight and reduce obesity.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Speak To Your Health! Community Survey is a resource that provides information about obesity and related health behaviors in Genesee County. The results of the 2011 survey found that:

  • The average BMI of Genesee County residents is 29. The average BMI of Flint residents is 31.
  • 23% of Genesee County residents eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day.
  • 31% of Genesee County residents eat 2 or more fast food meals in a typical week.
  • Genesee County adults engage in physical activity in their neighborhood park once every other week. Children in Genesee County engage in physical activity once every week.
  • Genesee County residents engage in moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking,  vacuuming, or gardening) for an average of 47 minutes 3.7 times per week.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables when you can – but frozen, canned, or dried are also good
  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – choose different colors
  • Reduce portion sizes
  • Limit the amount of high-fat food you eat
  • Drink enough water
  • Find an exercise partner – it is easier to be active when you have a motivating friend
  • Participate in a community garden, or park cleanup project
  • Be active during the day – move around instead of sitting
WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?

1. WHO. (2013). “Obesity.” www.who.int
2. CDC. (2013). “Adult Obesity Facts.” www.cdc.gov

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