The Problem of Overweight and Obesity in Wake County, NC
In Wake County, 59.9% of adults (1) and 36.5% of children and youth (2) are either overweight or obese. More exactly, 35.5% of adults are overweight and 24.4% obese (1). Of children and youth 17.3% are overweight and 19.2% are obese (2).
(1) NC Center for Health Statistics
(2) NC Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance System of NC Nutrition Services Branch of the
NC Division of Public Health
OverweightOverweight, based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 – 29.9 for adults, refers to increased weight compared to height. Overweight may be due to having excess fat or excess muscle. Some athletes may be measured as overweight due to their large muscle mass. However, they are not necessarily over fat. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals who are overweight are actually over fat.
Obesity is defined as an excessive amount of body fat with a BMI measured at 30 or more for adults.
Special Measures for Children
For children, BMI is measured on growth charts which consider age and gender.
A measure between the 85th and 95th percentiles is considered overweight.
A BMI at or above the 95th percentile is considered obese.