Explanation of the indicator:
Obesity is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. It also negatively impacts public health costs and educational outcomes. A person is considered to be obese if their BMI (body mass index) is 30 or greater. BMI is weight (in kilograms) divided by height (in meters) squared.
In some cases, County-level data are not available from the same data source used by the State. In other cases, County-level data are not available for the same time frame used by the State. In these instances, data sources and time frames were selected that most closely match those of the State. Due to this difference, it must be noted that comparisons may not be completely equivalent in all cases. In 2009, Michigan reported the 10th highest obesity rate in the nation. In 2008 Genesee County Michigan is the highest obesity rate in Michigan.
Links to Other Sources of Information:
Michigan Department of Community Health. Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2000
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000-Â?2009. (www.michigan.gov/brfs)Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Departmentï¿½€Â?2009. (www.cdc.gov/brfss)
Links to Related Public Health Programs:
MDCH: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention:http://www.michigan.gov/preventobesity
CDC: Overweight & Obesity: