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Adult Obesity - Overall Statistics for Connecticut

Obesity is a serious medical condition that can cause complications such as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cancers, and sleep disorders*. The percentage of U.S. adults who are considered obese has increased significantly over the past few decades and is currently around 40%. Obesity is determined by Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference. BMI is a screening and diagnostic tool for weight and is calculated based on a person’s weight and height. The obese range is defined as a BMI of 30.0 or greater. BRFSS data was used to calculate obesity based on respondent’s height and weight.

In the years prior to the CT SIM implementation, approximately one-quarter of respondents were in the obese category with an upward trend from 24.9% (2013) to 25.3% (2015). Since the implementation of CT SIM, obesity rates have continued to increase. The percentage of adult Connecticut residents considered obese in 2018 (27.4%) is above the SIM target of 24.9%.

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