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Adult Obesity is the percentage of the adult population (age 20 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30.

The measure of obesity serves as a proxy metric for poor diet and limited physical activity and has been shown to have very high reliability.[48] Obesity increases the risk for health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, dyslipidemia, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems (such as asthma), osteoarthritis, and poor health status.[38, 49, 50, 51]

Community Focus Areas:
  • Implementation in 2017 of the first and second phases for the Eat Smart Move, More Campaign by numerous community partners to promote water as the first choice of beverage for all Wilson citizens

  • Increasing access to local outdoor recreation by finding funding resources and expansion opportunities for the existing community wide bike path/walking trail master plan; (Note: in October of 2016, funding was secured for $50,000 expansion to Lake Wilson walking trail)

  • Expanding existing gardens and identifying new locations (with a specific focus on food deserts) for access to fresh fruits and vegetables by utilizing the existing Wilson Food Network and other community partners

  • Establishing exercise locations and educational programs to provide appropriate equipment and training in underserved communities (Note: in October 2017, a new gym was funded and installed in an afterschool program serving numerous at-risk youth in Wilson)

  • Supporting and connecting the grants awarded to numerous community efforts to reduce obesity

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Note: Data is measured annually.

Date of Report Vs. Date of Data

Robert Wood Johnson annual reports reflect data from previous year(s) for certain measures.  See chart below.

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