Percent of Obese Adults By County 2012

Today’s map of the day shows the percent of adults who reported a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a persons weight in relation to their height. Typically a person with a health weight has a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9. A person with a BMI between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and a person with a BMI between 30 or high is considered obese [1]. From the map we can see a large portion of counties within various southern, midwest and northeastern states are shaded dark indicating a high percent of adults reported a BMI 30 or higher. In particular states such as, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama have counties predominately shaded dark/dark orange indicating a high percent of adults reported a BMI ranging from 33 to 47. In contrast, we can see some western states, such as California, Nevada,Colorado, and Oregon have counties mostly shaded yellow/light orange indicating most adults reported a low BMI.