Let’s Break It Down
We see different trends in various parts of our community, but overall, obesity is on the rise.
An adult who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 is considered obese. A child is considered obese if they are in 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 rate of adults in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro who are considered obese has trended upwards. Obesity rates in Pottawattamie County have increased to 41% (38,114 adults) in 2015, up from 35% in 2011. Sarpy County rates decreased slightly to 30% (48,818 adults) and Douglas County stayed consistent at 29% (152,163 adults) since 2011.