Population Health

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 percent of U.S. adults who are considered obese has increased significantly over the past few decades and is currently around 40 percent. 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. A BMI of 30.0 or greater is considered to be in the obese range. The Dashboard used BRFSS data to calculate obesity based on respondent’s height and weight.

Prior to the CT SIM implementation (2013-2015), approximately one-quarter of respondents were in the obese category with an upward trend from 24.9 percent (2013) to 25.3 percent (2015). Since the implementation of CT SIM, obesity rates have continued to increase. The percent of adult Connecticut residents considered obese in 2017 (26.9%) is above the SIM target of 25.0 percent but within the confidence interval. The goal of CT SIM is to reduce the percent of obese Connecticut residents to 24.6 percent by 2020.


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