Obesity Facts

Since 2000, overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and in Kansas. Since 1995, the prevalence of obesity among Kansas adults has nearly doubled and by 2010, approximately two-thirds of the state’s adult population was either overweight or obese. Obesity increase the risk for several chronic disease, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, stroke and osteoarthritis.

Body mass index (BMI) is an inexpensive, convenient and reliable measure used to estimate body fatness. BMI is calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters-squared. Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BMI calculator to calculate adult BMI using pounds, feet and inches.

In contrast to adults, BMI is age- and sex-specific for youth and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. For children and adolescents, BMI is plotted on CDC BMI-for-age growth charts for either boys or girls to obtain a percentile ranking. Use this CDC BMI calculator for children and teens. 




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