Index: Health / Subcategory: Physical Health

Overweight and Obesity

Date Updated: 08/24/2011

People are considered overweight if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over, and obese if they have a BMI of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703 divided by your height (in inches)2. BMI calculators are available online that can quickly calculate your BMI. The data used in this report is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The information is gathered via ongoing monthly telephone surveys, and as such, is self-reported.

According to the report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future (August 2011), obesity-related medical costs total $150 billion a year.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an interactive map available that shows the obesity epidemic progression beginning in 1985.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Obese Residents (BMI > 30) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2003-2004 to 2009-2010

Percentage of Obese Residents (BMI <U>></U> 30) in Colorado & Larimer County, 2003-2004 to 2009-2010

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

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What the above data tell us:

During the period between 2003-2004 and 2009-2010, Larimer County experienced a 60.3% increase in the number of obese residents. Extended to the general population, there were nearly 59,000 obese persons county-wide as of 2010.

For both the state and the county, the trend is for more residents to be obese. Beginning in 2007-2008, Larimer County no longer met the Healthy People 2010 objective of 15.0% or fewer obese residents.

Nationwide, the increase in obesity rates is attributed to several factors:

What this chart shows: Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Age Group in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Age Group in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In Larimer County, those in the 55-64 age group had the highest percentage of overweight residents. While data for children under 18 years old were not available, childhood obesity is a concern across the nation. (The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on childhood obesity.)

Weight gain is common as people age, but generally decreases around age 70 due to loss in muscle and fat tissue. Common reasons for weight gain in older adults include: decreases in resting metabolic rate, visceral body fat (genetic makeup), decreases in physical activity, and overeating.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Gender in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Gender in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

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What the above data tell us:

In 2009-2010, males in Larimer County were more likely to be overweight than females. However, percentages of obesity for males and females were much closer. It is quite likely that these numbers are underreported and women may be more likely to underreport weight issues than men.

What this chart shows: Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Income Level in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Percentage of Overweight and Obese Residents by Income Level in Larimer County, 2009-2010

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

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What the above data tell us:

In Larimer County, those earning more than $50,000 had the highest percentage of individuals reporting being overweight (35.8%) or obese (22.0%). It should be noted that in Larimer County the annual per capita income in 2009 was $37,844. Please see the Per Capita Income page on COMPASS for more information.

The racial and ethnic groups represented in the Colorado Health Information Dataset (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) are small in sample size for Larimer County. Therefore, due to possible misrepresentation, racial and ethnic group data were not presented. However, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, minorities have a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity, when compared to White individuals.

Additional Information:

Related Information on COMPASS-

Other Resources -

Industry Standards or Targets:

Healthy People 2010:

Data Tables:

Percentage of Obese Residents - Colorado & Larimer County

Year

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010 Objective

2003-2004

16.6% 12.1% 15.0%

2005-2006

18.3% 14.4% 15.0%

2007-2008

19.4% 17.1% 15.0%

2009-2010

20.1% 19.4% 15.0%

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Percentage of Overweight and Obese by Age Group -
Larimer County, 2009-2010

Age Group

Overweight

Obese

18-24

16.4% 9.4%

25-34

26.7% 19.9%

35-44

28.8% 21.5%

45-54

41.5% 23.1%

55-64

43.1% 20.7%

65+

42.1% 15.1%

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Percentage of Overweight and Obese by Gender -
Larimer County, 2009-2010

 

Overweight

Obese

Female

26.8% 18.7%

Male

40.7% 20.1%

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Overweight and Obese by Income Level -
Larimer County, 2009-2010

 

Overweight

Obese

<$25,000

24.9% 14.5%

$25-49,999

34.2% 21.5%

>$50,000

35.8% 22.0%

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