Let’s Break It Down
We see different trends in various parts of our community, but overall, obesity is on the rise.
In our community there are 338,018 individuals who are considered to be obese. An adult who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 is considered to be obese. A child is considered obese if they are the 95th percentile of BMI or greater. The percentile range is based on their age and gender. While the methods of identifying obesity are often debated, they give us some indicator of health. Since 2011, the rates of adults in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro who are considered obese has trended upwards. Obesity rates in Pottawattamie County have stayed the same since 2015 and Douglas County rates have slightly increased since 2011.