What are we measuring?
Obesity is defined in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A adult with a BMI from 18.5 to 24.9 is considered to have a normal or healthy weight. Below 18.5 is considered underweight, from 25 to 29.9 is overweight and 30 and over is obese. Although BMI is an indirect measure of body fat and should be used for screening rather than diagnosis at the individual level, studies have shown that BMI correlates with body fat and future health risks and is therefore a reliable measure of the prevalence of overweight and obesity in a population.
Why are we measuring it?
Obesity is associated with a number of the leading causes of preventable death: heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. According to the CDC, the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
How are we doing?
Fulton County compared favorably to its national benchmark counties as of 2017 with the fourth lowest obesity rate (25.1 percent) behind Wake County, NC. However, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the county's adult obesity rate is the lowest in comparison to the regional counties in 2017.