Adult Overweight and Obesity Rates

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Only 31.1 percent of adults living in the Pittsburgh region reported being a healthy weight in 2016, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. A healthy weight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25. However, that percentage is one of the highest among Pittsburgh TODAY’s benchmark regions. Obesity is a different story. About 35.6 percent of adults in the Pittsburgh region were obese in 2017 – right around the benchmark average of 35.2. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.


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