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Approximately 39.8% of the U.S. population, or 93.3 million adults, are affected by obesity according to the 2015-2016 National Center for Health Statistics data brief.

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61.9% of Somerset County residents are overweight or obese 

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The percent of Somerset County residents reporting no leisure time physical activity between 2015-2016 trended upward from 15.8% in 2014 to 23.6% in 2016.

* date of latest available data


Obesity and overweight are abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk. A crude population measure of obesity is body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in meters). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese; a person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is overweight. Being overweight or obese can have a serious impact on health. Overweight and obesity are risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), Type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon). These conditions can cause premature death and disability as well as long- term consequences for individuals and families. In addition, the costs of care are high. Prevention and wellness programs are important factors in addressing the negative health effects of excess weight.


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