|Hot Spring County||71%|
|Little River County||75%|
|St. Francis County||70%|
|Van Buren County||68%|
What does this measure?
The percentage of adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25. The index is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. A person with a BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight, and those with a BMI over 30 are considered obese.
Why is this important?
Being overweight or obese puts a person at greater risk for a wide variety of serious health problems. Obesity is recognized as a national problem that has grown tremendously over the last three decades, contributing to increases in medical expenditures for treatment of related diseases.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2018, 70% of adults were overweight or obese, up 5 percentage points from 2011 and above the national rate of 66%. This rate is unchanged from 2017. Arkansas is 48th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The state's rate is only slightly lower than those in the three highest states, North Dakota (71%), West Virginia (72%), and Mississippi (73%). Rates are higher for males (72%) than females (69%). The rate for males is 2 percentage points higher than in 2011; the rate for females is 9 points higher. Non-Hispanic American Indians & Alaskan Natives (78%), Hispanics (78%) and multiracial, non-Hispanics (76%) had the highest rates by race/ethnicity. Black and White non-Hispanics had the same rate (70%)
Within the state, four counties had rates of 80% or higher - Howard, Lawrence, Sebastian and Sevier. Only two were under 65% - Baxter (62%) and Marion (60%).
Notes about the data
National data comes from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors. Respondents were asked for their height and weight for a computation of Body Mass Index.
Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. As a result, changes from 2010 and years prior to 2011 and later may be a result of those technical changes rather than true trends. State and county data and data for subgroups are from the Arkansas Department of Health.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic||Black, non-Hispanic||Hispanic||Multiracial, non-Hispanic||White, non-Hispanic|
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