in Western North Carolina
in Western North Carolina
Why is obesity a key health issue in western North Carolina?
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What do the numbers say about obesity?
Western North Carolina (WNC) Data:
In 2018, approximately one third (31.9%) of adults in WNC reported being obese (BMI of 30 or higher); of those adults 58% were diagnosed with high blood pressure, 41% were diagnosed with high cholesterol, 27% were diagnosed with diabetes and 25% were diagnosed with asthma.
The following adult populations were significantly more likely to be obese in 2018:
- Women (34.0%)
- Adults ages 40-64 years (37.2%)
- Very low income (37.0%) or low income (35.5%)
- Those identifying as AI/AN (Native American) (44.6%) or Black (38.2%)
Differences in health outcomes across social groups, economic status, and racial/ethnic identity are closely linked with disparities in social determinants of health, which disproportionately burden individuals and communities who experience systemic disadvantage and/ or discrimination. See our data story on the social determinants of health to learn more about how the conditions in which people are born, live, work, play, learn, worship, and age can influence their ability to achieve good health for themselves and their families.
Meeting physical activity recommendations” includes adequate levels of both aerobic and strengthening activities: Aerobic activity is one of the following: at least 150 minutes per week of light to moderate activity, 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
Strengthening activity is at least 2 sessions per week of exercise designed to strengthen muscles.
State & National Findings:
What did the region say is the story behind the obesity numbers?
Source: WNCHN - Online Key Informant Survey, 2018
The items below are paraphrased themes that emerged from a 2018 regional survey of key informants. These responses do not necessarily:
•Reflect accurate or scientifically validated
information about health determinants, outcomes, and/or strategies for change,
•Represent an exhaustive list of factors that can help or hurt efforts to address this key regional health issue.
The information in this section should be interpreted and used with care. It should be used only to help local health departments and agencies begin to understand community perceptions about local health issues. Communities are strongly encouraged to collect their own, local-level data to inform local planning and evaluation activities.