Obesity contributes to leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
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Percentage of Adults with a Healthy Weight
Adults age 18 years and older with a healthy weight. This measure provides crude prevalence estimates (i.e. not age-adjusted) of the civilian, non-institutionalized population. Healthy Weight Adults: Adults 18 years and older with a BMI greater or equal to 18.5 and less than 25. BMI: Body mass index, which is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. For more information, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/
Inclusion Criteria: All non-pregnant survey participants ages 18+ years with height and weight measurements.
Exclusion Criteria: Pregnant females.
Two years of data were pooled to create the estimates by population characteristics because of sample size limitations. Due to small sample sizes for NHANES data, 95% confidence intervals are provided, which are important for interpreting the variability around the prevalence point estimates.
For insurance estimates, the following definitions are used: Private insurance excludes plans that pay for only one type of service, such as dental or vision care. Persons covered by both Medicare and Medigap plans are classified as having public coverage. Public coverage includes Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plan, Medicare (disability), Indian Health Service or military health care (TRICARE, VA, or CHAMP-VA).
This measure is calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.