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State of Alaska

Complete Health Indicator Report of Obesity - Adults (18+) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 4B)

Definition

Percentage of adults 18 years of age and older who are obese as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of >=30.0 as computed by the [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)]. BMI is calculated as self-reported weight ("About how much do you weigh without shoes?") in kilograms divided by self-reported height ("About how tall are you without shoes?") in meters squared.

Numerator

Weighted number of adults (18+) who have a BMI of >=30.0 calculated from self-reported weight ("About how much do you weigh without shoes?") and height ("About how tall are you without shoes?") on the BRFSS, excluding women who are pregnant and biologically implausible values.

Denominator

Weighted number of adults (18+) for whom BMI can be calculated from their self-reported weight and height on the BRFSS, excluding women who are pregnant, biologically implausible values, or "Do not know/Not Sure" or "Refused" responses.

Data Interpretation Issues

Post-stratification weights were used for Alaska prior to 2006; raking weights were used from 2007 onward. For more on this methodological change see: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/method.aspx]. Alaska data were obtained from the Standard BRFSS from 1991-2003, and from the Standard and Supplemental BRFSS surveys combined from 2004 onward. The Supplemental BRFSS survey is conducted using identical methodology as the Standard BRFSS and allows a doubling of the BRFSS sample size for those measures included in both surveys. Questions on the height and weight of respondents have been components of the Standard BRFSS since its inception in 1991 and for the Supplemental BRFSS since it began in 2004. Alaska Native people in analyses of the BRFSS refers to any mention of American Indian or Alaska Native heritage when enumerating racial and ethnic background. Individuals who indicate multiple races including American Indian/Alaska Native are considered Alaska Native in the data. When race and ethnicity are consider concurrently, Hispanic individuals with American Indian/Alaska Native heritage are combined into the Alaska Native (any mention) group and removed from the Hispanic class. This definition of the Alaska Native group is intended to conform to the eligibility requirements for access to Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium health care services.

Why Is This Important?

Leading health officials state that obesity is the predominant public health threat of our lifetimes. If obesity rates aren't stabilized and reversed, the medical care costs associated with treating obesity-related chronic disease will threaten the government's ability to fund Medicare and Medicaid. Obesity and overweight are determined by calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people, and it is used to screen for weight categories that increase the risk of health problems. Obesity is expected to overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death. It already surpasses tobacco in estimates of annual medical costs in Alaska ($459 million vs. $318 million).^1^ Alaska's obesity-related Medicaid costs will be $684 million annually by 2030 if rates continue as predicted.^2^ The responsibility for this dramatic change in our state's population is both personal and societal. Government is already invested by paying the medical costs related to the chronic disease consequences associated with obesity in an ever-rising Medicaid budget. Obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and some types of cancer. It also negatively affects physical performance, life expectancy, and quality of life.^3^ Due to obesity, this generation of children is predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.^4^[[br]] [[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont 1. Trogdon JG, Finkelstein EA, Feagan CW, Cohen JW. State- and Payer-Specific Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obesity 2012;20(1):214-20. 2. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Documents/Obesity/pubs/10-11ObesityStatus_web.pdf Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program: 2010-2011 Status Report]. Published 2011. Accessed October 12, 2016. 3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity 2001. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44206/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK44206.pdf]. Published 2001. Accessed October 12, 2016. 4. Olshansky SJ, Passaro DJ, Hershow RC, Layden J, et al. A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century. N Engl J Med 2005;352(11):1138-45. }}

Other Objectives

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Indicator 4.b: Reduce the percentage of adults (age 18 years and older) who meet criteria for obesity (body mass index of >=30 kg/(m*m)) to 27% by 2020. Related Objectives: Healthy People Objective NWS-9: Reduce the proportion of adults who are obese U.S. Target: 30.5% as measured by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for adults 20 years of age and older. The Healthy People objective for adult obesity based upon clinical examination of height and weight cannot be matched by the self-reported measures obtained by the BRFSS. The definition of adult also differs between the two surveillance systems with NHANES using individuals who are 20 years of age and older and the BRFSS defining adults as individuals who are 18 years of age and older.

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of Alaska adults who are obese has steadily increased over the past 2 decades, more than doubling between 1991 (13%) and 2015 (30%). The prevalence of obesity has plateaued at just under 30% for the past 3 years, which may be an indicator of future declines. The prevalence of obesity is higher for Alaska Native/American Indian people (35%), Blacks (non-Hispanic) (44%), and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders (57%) when compared to White Alaskans (28%), who are also above the goal of 27%. Those at decreased risk of obesity include those 18-24 years of age, Asians (non-Hispanic), and college graduates. Additional statistics on obesity burden are available at: [http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/obesity/resources.htm]. Prevalence rates for obesity from the BRFSS are initially presented for all Alaskans, Alaska Native people, and the median from states, District of Columbia, and territories for all available years. Subsequent analyses by demographic subpopulations (i.e., sex, age, race/ethnicity, ethnicity, marital status, education, employment status, income, and poverty status) are limited to 2010 and later to allow for ease in assessing recent trends. Crosstabulations of obesity by current smoking, sexual orientation, disability, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) score were conducted for the 3-year average of 2013-2015. Only the significant differences related to disability and ACEs are presented, but the other comparisons are available upon request. The rates of obesity by regions of Alaska are presented for the most recent time period allowing reporting for all Alaskans and Alaska Native people: 1) single-year for the 7 Alaska Public Health Regions, 2) three-year averages by the 5 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistics Areas and rural remainder, 3) single-year for the 10 behavioral health assessment regions based upon aggregations of 20,000 population, 4) three-year averages for 29 boroughs and census areas, and 5) five-year averages for the 12 tribal health organization regions. These time intervals match those for the InstantAtlas health profiles for each of the geographic regionalizes of Alaska for those desiring longer time series.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The Alaska adult obesity rate has paralleled the increase seen in adult obesity prevalence nationwide.

What Is Being Done?

The mission of the Obesity Prevention and Control Program is to prevent and reduce obesity among Alaskans though the promotion of physical activity and good nutrition. The program: [[br]]a) manages the Play Every Day campaign, Community Nutrition efforts, Early Care and Education (ECE) Obesity Prevention Partnerships, the Obesity Prevention School Partnerships and supports Healthy Futures; [[br]]b) serves as a credible source of information on the causes, health and economic consequences of obesity; [[br]]c) provides information to the public, health professionals, and the media; [[br]]d) maintains systematic collection, analysis, evaluation and reporting of obesity prevalence and related physical activity and nutrition behaviors; [[br]]e) identifies population groups at greatest risk for the health threats of obesity; [[br]]f) develops partnerships with and provides leadership to a wide variety of private and public agencies; [[br]]g) provides technical advice and support to partners in implementing obesity prevention strategies; [[br]]h) facilitates the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids that works to prevent childhood obesity; and [[br]]i) facilitates the Alaska Food Policy Council that works to strengthen Alaska's food systems to spur local economic development, increase food security, and improve nutrition and health.

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaska subject matter experts met over a period of months in a rigorous review process to identify and prioritize strategies to address the 25 health priorities. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska's unique needs. '''Strategy 1:''' [[br]]Implement a comprehensive social marketing campaign promoting nutrition and physical activity. Choose campaign topics strategically; examples include limiting sugary drinks and the importance of family meals. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]Citing The Community Guide and other reviews, the CDC recommends community-wide campaigns as effective in increasing physical activity, a contributing factor to maintaining a healthy weight. '''Sources:''' [[br]]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasing physical activity: A report on recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. MMWR 2001;50(RR-18):1-16. The Community Guide. [http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/index.html]. Kahn EB, Ramsey LT, Brownson RC, Heath GW, et al. The effectiveness of interventions to increase physical activity: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2002;22(4S):73-107. A listing of strategies, actions, and key partners on this measure can be found at: [http://hss.state.ak.us/ha2020/assets/Actions-Partners_4_Overweight_Adult.pdf].


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


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Related Risk Factors Indicators:


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Graphical Data Views

Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 1991-2020

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Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 83
All Alaskans199113.4%11.1%16.1%
All Alaskans199212.2%10.0%14.8%
All Alaskans199313.6%11.2%16.5%
All Alaskans199413.1%11.0%15.6%
All Alaskans199519.1%16.3%22.3%
All Alaskans199616.6%13.9%19.7%
All Alaskans199719.6%16.8%22.7%
All Alaskans199821.2%18.7%23.9%
All Alaskans199920.4%18.0%22.9%
All Alaskans200021.1%18.7%23.7%
All Alaskans200122.0%19.9%24.2%
All Alaskans200223.5%21.0%26.3%
All Alaskans200323.7%21.5%26.1%
All Alaskans200423.0%21.4%24.7%
All Alaskans200525.6%23.9%27.3%
All Alaskans200626.0%24.1%28.0%
All Alaskans200728.1%26.2%30.2%
All Alaskans200828.5%26.5%30.5%
All Alaskans200926.9%24.9%29.0%
All Alaskans201029.2%26.5%32.0%9003,061
All Alaskans201127.8%26.0%29.6%1,6335,748
All Alaskans201228.1%26.3%29.9%2,3307,833
All Alaskans201329.5%27.9%31.1%2,5508,741
All Alaskans201429.7%28.1%31.3%2,5908,537
All Alaskans201529.5%27.8%31.3%2,3397,636
Alaska Native people199115.7%11.8%20.6%
Alaska Native people199221.0%14.4%29.7%
Alaska Native people199317.4%12.8%23.3%
Alaska Native people199417.7%13.2%23.3%
Alaska Native people199517.0%11.9%23.7%
Alaska Native people199624.5%18.3%31.9%
Alaska Native people199721.9%16.1%29.2%
Alaska Native people199828.6%22.7%35.4%
Alaska Native people199930.7%24.5%37.6%
Alaska Native people200029.0%22.4%36.7%
Alaska Native people200127.5%22.9%32.7%
Alaska Native people200232.8%26.5%39.8%
Alaska Native people200324.0%19.5%29.1%
Alaska Native people200424.6%21.3%28.3%
Alaska Native people200532.6%28.7%36.7%
Alaska Native people200627.2%23.3%31.5%
Alaska Native people200733.9%29.4%38.8%
Alaska Native people200837.5%32.9%42.4%
Alaska Native people200932.2%27.6%37.2%
Alaska Native people201031.4%25.2%38.4%192579
Alaska Native people201134.5%30.2%39.2%40010,106
Alaska Native people201234.9%30.9%39.0%6141,674
Alaska Native people201333.7%29.9%37.7%5231,491
Alaska Native people201433.8%30.2%37.5%4971,361
Alaska Native people201537.3%33.5%41.2%5431,420
U.S.199112.6%
U.S.199212.6%
U.S.199313.7%
U.S.199414.4%
U.S.199515.8%
U.S.199616.8%
U.S.199716.6%
U.S.199818.3%
U.S.199919.7%
U.S.200020.1%
U.S.200121.0%
U.S.200222.1%
U.S.200322.8%
U.S.200423.1%
U.S.200524.4%
U.S.200625.1%
U.S.200726.3%
U.S.200826.6%
U.S.200927.2%
U.S.201027.6%
U.S.201127.8%
U.S.201227.6%
U.S.201328.9%
U.S.201429.6%
U.S.2015**
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available U.S. values are based upon the median value of the states, District of Columbia, and territories.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by sex, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 20
Males201027.6%23.9%31.7%4001,429
Males201128.0%25.4%30.6%7832,760
Males201228.3%25.9%30.8%1,1433,801
Males201328.6%26.5%30.8%1,2284,138
Males201429.0%26.9%31.2%1,2424,027
Males201527.6%23.9%31.7%4001,429
Females201031.0%27.3%35.0%5001,632
Females201127.5%25.1%30.1%8502,988
Females201227.8%25.3%30.5%1,1874,032
Females201330.5%28.1%33.0%1,3224,603
Females201430.5%28.2%33.0%1,3484,510
Females201530.8%28.3%33.5%1,1913,982
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

The sex of the respondent is only asked if necessary.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by age group, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Age Group: 18-24,25-34,35-44,45-64,65+YearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 38
18-24201016.5%9.7%26.2%25131
18-24201116.0%11.1%22.6%57324
18-24201210.2%7.6%13.6%78537
18-24201315.7%12.1%20.1%105604
18-24201415.0%11.5%19.3%83470
18-24201521.2%16.1%27.3%84425
25-34201026.0%19.4%33.9%94387
25-34201124.4%20.1%29.2%181784
25-34201228.1%24.2%32.4%3471,204
25-34201329.9%25.8%34.2%3291,179
25-34201426.3%22.4%30.6%260982
25-34201527.4%23.1%32.1%230852
35-44201031.7%25.5%38.6%160531
35-44201131.5%27.4%35.9%320993
35-44201231.7%27.2%36.6%3891,231
35-44201331.5%27.5%35.7%4011,348
35-44201433.1%29.1%37.3%3991,269
35-44201534.4%29.9%39.2%3401,001
45-64201035.2%31.4%39.2%4681,447
45-64201131.8%29.2%34.6%7842,584
45-64201232.1%29.3%35.1%1,0903,348
45-64201333.3%30.8%35.9%1,1923,817
45-64201435.1%32.9%37.9%1,2763,766
45-64201532.2%29.8%34.8%1,0833,328
65+201027.4%22.0%33.5%145538
65+201129.6%25.3%34.3%2831,063
65+201230.4%25.8%35.4%4111,455
65+201330.5%27.2%34.0%5181,741
65+201428.9%25.7%32.4%5441,961
65+201530.5%27.0%34.2%5861,954
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Respondents are asked, "What is your age?", which is coded in years. Responses of Refused are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by race/ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2013-2015 (3-year average)

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Percentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 8
Alaska Native (any mention)34.9%32.7%37.1%1,5634,272
Asian (non-Hispanic)19.2%14.5%24.9%82451
Black (non-Hispanic)43.5%36.2%51.0%113281
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic)56.6%44.8%67.7%56118
White (non-Hispanic)27.9%26.9%28.9%5,29818,576
Multiracial/Other (non-Hispanic)19.3%12.3%29.2%33145
Hispanic (alone or multi)28.7%23.6%34.3%177582
Healthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Race/ethnicity is determined by responses to three questions: [[br]] 1) "Are you Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin?" "If yes, are you...?" One or more categories may be selected from categories of (1) "Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano/a"; (2) "Puerto Rican"; (3) "Cuban"; (4) "Another Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin".[[br]] 2) "Which one or more of the following would you say is your race?" Response categories consist of "White", "Black or African American", "American Indian or Alaska Native", "Asian" (with subcategories of Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or Other Asian), "Pacific Islander" (with subcategories of Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, or Other Pacific Islander), Other, or No additional choices. [[br]] 3) If more than one response to race, then "Which one of these groups would you say best represents your race?" with choices from the list enumerated above. Responses of Don't Know/Not Sure or Refused are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Ethnicity - Hispanic/LatinoYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 20
Hispanic/Latino201030.2%16.9%47.8%2171
Hispanic/Latino201129.2%19.7%41.0%45165
Hispanic/Latino201225.6%17.9%35.2%63231
Hispanic/Latino201332.7%24.6%42.0%70243
Hispanic/Latino201429.7%21.8%39.0%75229
Hispanic/Latino201527.3%19.5%36.9%68205
Not Hispanic/Latino201029.1%26.4%32.0%8672,958
Not Hispanic/Latino201127.7%27.7%29.6%1,5735,539
Not Hispanic/Latino201228.2%28.2%30.1%2,2547,559
Not Hispanic/Latino201329.3%29.3%31.0%2,4468,405
Not Hispanic/Latino201429.8%28.2%31.5%2,4828,192
Not Hispanic/Latino201529.6%27.8%31.4%2,2447,341
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Ethnicity is defined independent of race. It is based upon responses to the question, "Are you Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin?" Responses of "Don't Know/Not Sure" or "Refused" are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by marital status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Marital StatusYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 38
Married201030.2%26.9%33.8%5111,752
Married201127.8%25.6%30.1%8643,144
Married201231.3%28.8%33.9%1,2964,205
Married201330.6%28.5%32.8%1,3904,707
Married201432.0%29.8%34.1%1,4434,765
Married201529.0%26.9%31.2%1,2504,196
Widowed201028.0%18.8%39.5%63228
Widowed201132.8%25.5%41.0%121409
Widowed201228.4%21.9%35.9%159590
Widowed201329.4%24.0%35.3%195657
Widowed201429.9%24.8%35.6%193667
Widowed201535.9%29.8%42.4%222651
Divorced/Separated201035.4%27.9%43.8%160495
Divorced/Separated201131.8%27.7%36.7%3161,034
Divorced/Separated201229.2%25.1%33.5%4211,318
Divorced/Separated201333.8%29.3%38.6%4651,486
Divorced/Separated201434.6%30.7%38.7%4871,425
Divorced/Separated201537.6%32.7%42.6%4341,193
Never Married201022.2%16.5%29.3%128458
Never Married201126.8%22.3%31.8%258883
Never Married201220.2%17.2%23.6%3491,349
Never Married201323.5%20.1%27.2%3761,448
Never Married201421.5%18.4%25.0%3431,289
Never Married201528.2%24.1%32.6%3451,224
Living with a Partner201036.5%23.9%51.4%31109
Living with a Partner201122.2%15.6%30.6%64241
Living with a Partner201228.3%20.6%37.6%96330
Living with a Partner201333.4%26.0%41.8%114395
Living with a Partner201435.2%27.0%44.3%108339
Living with a Partner201521.0%15.3%28.2%77322
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Marital status is determined by the question, "Are you ...?" with responses of "Married", 'Divorced", "Widowed", "Separated", "Never married," or "A member of an unmarried couple". Responses of "Refused" are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (25+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by education, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Edu Level: < HS, HS, Some Coll, Coll GradYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 32
< HS201043.1%32.9%54.0%73200
< HS201137.8%30.1%46.2%131367
< HS201228.6%22.7%35.3%159502
< HS201339.2%32.3%46.7%158446
< HS201437.5%31.0%44.4%154441
< HS201531.1%24.5%38.4%124374
HS201026.9%22.2%32.2%245817
HS201135.2%31.6%38.9%5241,512
HS201236.1%32.2%40.2%6691,936
HS201335.0%31.6%38.6%7232,087
HS201432.5%29.3%35.9%6631,925
HS201532.1%28.6%35.8%6231,807
Some Coll201036.2%31.0%41.6%280850
Some Coll201128.6%25.4%32.0%4451,517
Some Coll201233.0%29.7%36.6%7312,154
Some Coll201332.6%29.6%35.7%7822,424
Some Coll201435.9%32.7%39.1%8212,299
Some Coll201533.9%30.9%37.1%7622,156
Coll Grad201025.4%21.3%30.0%2681,033
Coll Grad201122.1%19.5%24.9%4661,969
Coll Grad201223.3%20.6%26.3%6572,634
Coll Grad201324.7%22.3%27.3%7743,110
Coll Grad201422.8%20.8%25.0%8363,292
Coll Grad201526.0%23.3%28.8%7402,846
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Education is based upon education completed by or after 25 years of age. Individuals less than 25 years of age are excluded. Education is assessed by responses to the question: "What is the highest grade or year of school you completed?" Responses are "Never attended school or only attended kindergarten", "Grades 1 through 8 (Elementary)", "Grades 9 through 11 (Some high school)", "Grade 12 (High School Graduate)", "College 1 year to 3 years (Some college or technical school)", "College 4 years or more (College graduate)", or "Refused". Refusals are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by employment status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: EmploymentYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 32
Employed201028.9%25.6%32.5%5791,954
Employed201127.2%25.0%29.5%9983,516
Employed201227.7%25.5%30.0%1,4324,799
Employed201329.0%26.9%31.1%1,5105,250
Employed201429.2%27.2%31.3%1,5315,081
Employed201529.7%27.5%32.0%1,3824,454
Unemployed201036.3%25.7%48.4%59206
Unemployed201126.1%20.2%33.1%124440
Unemployed201231.2%25.0%38.2%185560
Unemployed201332.9%26.4%40.2%175586
Unemployed201432.0%25.8%38.9%139455
Unemployed201523.8%18.5%30.0%123466
Not In Work Force201024.5%19.6%30.3%195741
Not In Work Force201126.2%22.8%29.8%3871,473
Not In Work Force201225.9%22.6%29.5%5392,039
Not In Work Force201327.8%24.9%30.9%6692,400
Not In Work Force201427.1%24.3%30.2%6982,515
Not In Work Force201527.3%24.1%30.8%6432,272
Unable to Work201048.5%36.1%61.0%63141
Unable to Work201145.8%36.3%55.5%118249
Unable to Work201238.3%30.7%46.6%163408
Unable to Work201341.6%33.4%50.2%175430
Unable to Work201446.4%39.2%53.8%199420
Unable to Work201546.2%38.1%54.5%168380
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Employment status is assessed by the question: "Are you currently ...?" with responses of "Employed for wages", "Self-employed", "Out of work for 1 year or more", "Out of work for less than 1 year", "A Homemaker", "A Student", "Retired", "Unable to work" or "Refused". Refusals are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by income, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Income: <$15k, $15k-$25k, $25k-$50k, $50-$75k, $75k+YearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 38
<$15,000201027.9%18.9%39.1%66209
<$15,000201135.4%27.6%44.1%132432
<$15,000201231.6%25.8%38.1%216630
<$15,000201330.6%24.2%37.8%194677
<$15,000201431.4%25.8%37.5%205607
<$15,000201536.6%29.6%44.1%183540
$15,000 - $24,999201036.7%27.9%46.5%99296
$15,000 - $24,999201132.4%26.4%39.0%196630
$15,000 - $24,999201226.1%21.6%31.2%280940
$15,000 - $24,999201333.0%28.2%38.1%325987
$15,000 - $24,999201430.9%26.2%36.1%309909
$15,000 - $24,999201530.3%25.1%36.1%279855
$25,000 - $49,999201029.7%23.9%36.3%175586
$25,000 - $49,999201127.6%23.4%32.2%3001,102
$25,000 - $49,999201230.5%26.6%34.7%4901,550
$25,000 - $49,999201331.3%27.5%35.3%5001,671
$25,000 - $49,999201435.6%31.6%39.7%5181,587
$25,000 - $49,999201529.0%25.2%33.1%4521,388
$50,000 - $74,999201033.5%26.4%41.5%175527
$50,000 - $74,999201130.9%26.8%35.3%305936
$50,000 - $74,999201230.2%25.5%35.2%3901,256
$50,000 - $74,999201332.8%28.9%37.1%4611,478
$50,000 - $74,999201430.9%27.1%35.1%4131,349
$50,000 - $74,999201533.7%29.3%38.4%3601,186
$75,000+201027.7%23.4%32.5%2831,047
$75,000+201126.6%23.9%29.6%5241,933
$75,000+201226.5%23.7%29.7%7162,537
$75,000+201327.4%24.9%30.0%8873,175
$75,000+201427.5%25.2%30.1%9513,304
$75,000+201527.9%25.5%30.5%8782,965
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Income is measure by the question: "Is your annual household income from all sources ---" with categories of "Less than $10,000", "Less than $15,000", "less than $20,000", "less than $25,000", "less than $35,000", "less than $50,000", "less than $75,000", "$75,000 or more", and "Don't know / Not sure" or "Refused". Responses of "Don't know / Not sure" or "Refused" are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by poverty threshold, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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Poverty thresholds are intended for use as a statistical yardstick, not as a complete description of what people and families need to live. Poverty thresholds are the dollar amounts assigned by the U.S. Census Bureau to determine poverty status. Poverty thresholds are assigned based upon the size of the family and the ages of the members (i.e., adults versus children). The same thresholds are used throughout the United States. Poverty thresholds were originally derived in the 1963-1964 using U.S. Department of Agriculture food budgets designed for families under economic stress and data about what proportion of their income families spent on food. The thresholds are updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty - U.S. Census Bureau [https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/measure.html]
HA: Poverty ThresholdYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 26
Poor201037.5%25.5%51.2%61179
Poor201129.1%22.1%37.4%105385
Poor201231.6%25.9%38.1%218643
Poor201329.9%23.7%37.0%163599
Poor201426.5%21.4%32.4%170562
Poor201528.2%22.0%35.4%132430
Near Poor201029.7%23.1%37.1%123408
Near Poor201126.1%21.6%31.1%211698
Near Poor201228.4%24.1%33.0%3761,135
Near Poor201334.5%30.3%39.0%4291,230
Near Poor201440.5%35.6%45.6%4061,064
Near Poor201532.4%27.0%38.2%271818
Middle/High201030.1%26.7%33.7%6142,072
Middle/High201128.8%26.7%31.0%1,0613,676
Middle/High201228.1%25.9%30.4%1,4875,095
Middle/High201329.4%27.5%31.4%1,7566,075
Middle/High201429.4%27.5%31.3%1,7825,990
Middle/High201529.7%27.6%31.9%1,4464,713
Healthy Alaskans Goal201327.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201427.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201527.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201627.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201727.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201827.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201927.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202027.0%

Data Notes

Poverty thresholds computed using the BRFSS assume that householders are less than 65 years of age as the ages of the household heads are not recorded. The maximum of the income range provided for the household is used to evaluate the proportion of the poverty threshold. This is a conservative approach as there are no errors of misclassification into the lowest poverty group. The category of Poor represents less than 100% of the poverty threshold. Near Poor is 100% through 199% of the poverty threshold. Middle/High income families are 200% or higher of the poverty threshold. How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty - U.S. Census Bureau [https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/measure.html]

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by disability, all Alaskans, 2013-2015 (3-year average)

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Percentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 3
Disability Present40.5%37.1%44.0%8912,090
Disability Absent27.0%25.7%28.4%2,5829,562
Healthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Disability is assessed using responses from 5 questions: 1) "Are you blind or do you have serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses?"; 2) Because of physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?"; 3) "Do you have a serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?"; 4) "Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?"; and 5) "Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, do you have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping?" A "Yes" response to one or more of the questions when all questions have valid answers is used to classify the respondent as having a disability. Responses of "No" to all 5 questions denotes the absence of a disability. Responses of "Don't know / Not sure" or "Refused" to one or more questions result in the survey being excluded from analysis on disability status.

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by adverse childhood experience score, all Alaskans, 2013-2015 (3-year average)

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Percentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 5
026.8%24.6%29.0%1,0033,812
129.3%26.5%32.3%6622,281
2-330.7%28.0%33.4%8022,508
4+34.6%31.4%38.0%6871,834
Healthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

The presence of one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is assessed using either the 10 domains that are grouped into: [[br]] '''Abuse:'''[[br]] 1) Verbal Abuse[[br]] 2) Physical Abuse[[br]] 3) Sexual Abuse][[br]] '''Dysfunctional Households:'''[[br]] 4) Substance Abuse[[br]] 5) Mental Illness[[br]] 6) Domestic Violence[[br]] 7) Separation/Divorce[[br]] 8) Incarceration among household members[[br]] '''Neglect:'''[[br]] 9) Emotional Neglect[[br]] 10) Physical Neglect[[br]] The presence of an Adverse Childhood Experience have grouped into scores of 0 (no exposure), 1 (single exposure to an ACE), 2-3 (exposure to 2 or 3 ACEs), and 4+ (exposure to 4 or more different ACEs) The questions associated with each type of ACEs is described in the [http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/indicator/index/Alphabetical.html respective reports]. A summary ACEs score is computed for those with valid responses to all domains. Respondents with refusals to one or more of the ACEs questions are excluded.


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by Alaska Economic Regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2015

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 15
All AlaskansAnchorage28.0%24.5%31.7%3651,218
All AlaskansGulf Coast29.8%26.4%33.4%3461,174
All AlaskansInterior27.2%24.3%30.4%4561,653
All AlaskansMat-Su32.8%29.3%36.6%3911,182
All AlaskansNorthern34.0%28.1%40.4%132370
All AlaskansSoutheast31.5%28.0%35.2%3561,204
All AlaskansSouthwest33.7%29.0%38.8%293835
Alaska Native peopleAnchorage40.7%29.4%53.1%46116
Alaska Native peopleGulf Coast40.2%29.6%51.8%44111
Alaska Native peopleInterior32.4%25.6%40.1%81248
Alaska Native peopleMat-Su41.4%29.3%54.5%3482
Alaska Native peopleNorthern35.8%28.5%43.7%78203
Alaska Native peopleSoutheast37.9%29.6%46.9%78183
Alaska Native peopleSouthwest35.9%30.0%42.4%182477
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Geographic descriptions of the public health regions can be found at: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/InfoCenter/Pages/ia/brfss/geo_phr.aspx].

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2013-2015 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 11
All AlaskansAnchorage MSA29.8%28.3%31.3%2,6018,608
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star MSA26.9%24.9%29.0%1,1384,024
All AlaskansJuneau MicroSA27.9%24.7%31.3%4361,640
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway MicroSA30.1%25.7%34.8%258820
All AlaskansRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)30.8%29.5%32.3%3,0469,822
Alaska Native peopleAnchorage MSA36.1%31.4%41.1%298800
Alaska Native peopleFairbanks North Star MSA26.6%21.1%33.0%109339
Alaska Native peopleJuneau MicroSA37.8%29.1%47.4%73172
Alaska Native peopleKetchikan Gateway MicroSA32.3%23.1%43.0%51136
Alaska Native peopleRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)35.3%32.8%37.9%1,0322,825
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Geographic descriptions of the metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas can be found at: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/InfoCenter/Pages/ia/brfss/geo_mmsa.aspx].

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), by behavioral health systems assessment areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2015

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
All AlaskansAnchorage Muncipality28.0%24.5%31.7%3651,218
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough27.1%23.7%30.8%3211,146
All AlaskansCity and Borough of Juneau28.0%22.9%33.8%133511
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough28.4%24.5%32.6%243848
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough32.8%29.3%36.6%3911,182
All AlaskansNorthwest Region34.0%28.1%40.4%132370
All AlaskansOther Interior Region28.1%23.7%33.0%183663
All AlaskansOther Southeast Region34.3%29.8%39.2%223693
All AlaskansY-K Delta Region28.3%21.9%35.8%101367
All AlaskansSouthwest Region38.3%32.6%44.2%247638
Alaska Native peopleAnchorage Muncipality40.7%29.4%53.1%46116
Alaska Native peopleFairbanks North Star Borough29.7%20.3%41.3%31101
Alaska Native peopleCity and Borough of Juneau35.5%22.6%50.9%2460
Alaska Native peopleKenai Peninsula Borough40.0%26.8%54.8%2866
Alaska Native peopleMatanuska-Susitna Borough41.4%29.3%54.5%3482
Alaska Native peopleNorthwest Region35.8%28.5%43.7%78203
Alaska Native peopleOther Interior Region33.2%24.9%42.6%53163
Alaska Native peopleOther Southeast Region39.3%29.1%50.5%54123
Alaska Native peopleY-K Delta Region28.9%21.6%37.5%69246
Alaska Native peopleSouthwest Region48.5%39.8%57.3%126260
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Geographic descriptions of the behavioral health systems assessment reporting regions can be found at: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/InfoCenter/Pages/ia/brfss/geo_bhs.aspx].

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), boroughs and census areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2013-2015 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 59
All AlaskansAleutians East Borough34.3%24.8%45.3%64174
All AlaskansAleutians West CA41.3%29.6%54.0%128284
All AlaskansAnchorage Municipality28.9%27.1%30.9%1,4104,910
All AlaskansBethel CA27.6%22.4%33.5%212730
All AlaskansBristol Bay Borough42.0%30.3%54.8%83185
All AlaskansDenali Borough23.6%15.9%33.6%42187
All AlaskansDillingham CA37.2%28.8%46.4%141383
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough26.9%25.0%29.0%1,1434,043
All AlaskansHaines Borough18.0%11.7%26.7%45206
All AlaskansHoonah-Angoon CA30.4%19.9%43.4%31111
All AlaskansJuneau City and Borough27.9%24.7%31.3%4361,640
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough29.7%27.3%32.1%8162,776
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway Borough30.1%25.7%34.8%258820
All AlaskansKodiak Island Borough32.1%26.5%38.2%159544
All AlaskansKusilvak CA24.2%17.1%33.1%68278
All AlaskansLake and Peninsula Borough28.0%18.8%39.6%55178
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough32.3%30.2%34.6%1,1913,698
All AlaskansNome CA29.5%23.8%35.9%143451
All AlaskansNorth Slope Borough38.2%29.4%47.9%101253
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic Borough36.8%28.6%45.8%102276
All AlaskansPetersburg Borough28.2%21.1%36.6%71214
All AlaskansPrince of Wales-Hyder CA43.6%35.4%52.2%103273
All AlaskansSitka City and Borough23.6%18.5%29.7%113434
All AlaskansSkagway Municipality**49
All AlaskansSoutheast Fairbanks CA35.3%29.8%41.3%195608
All AlaskansValdez-Cordova CA27.1%22.4%32.5%157544
All AlaskansWrangell City and Borough43.5%32.4%55.3%46135
All AlaskansYakutat City and Borough**49
All AlaskansYukon-Koyukuk CA28.9%23.3%35.2%138481
Alaska Native peopleAleutians East Borough40.9%27.8%55.5%4295
Alaska Native peopleAleutians West CA62.1%45.0%76.7%5079
Alaska Native peopleAnchorage Municipality36.3%30.7%42.3%179499
Alaska Native peopleBethel CA26.9%20.7%34.2%123439
Alaska Native peopleBristol Bay Borough48.0%32.0%64.5%3868
Alaska Native peopleDenali Borough**9
Alaska Native peopleDillingham CA37.6%28.0%48.3%86187
Alaska Native peopleFairbanks North Star Borough27.0%21.4%33.3%110340
Alaska Native peopleHaines Borough**29
Alaska Native peopleHoonah-Angoon CA**30
Alaska Native peopleJuneau City and Borough37.8%29.1%47.4%73172
Alaska Native peopleKenai Peninsula Borough47.4%38.4%56.4%99235
Alaska Native peopleKetchikan Gateway Borough32.3%23.1%43.0%51136
Alaska Native peopleKodiak Island Borough44.7%31.9%58.2%3585
Alaska Native peopleKusilvak CA24.9%17.3%34.5%54245
Alaska Native peopleLake and Peninsula Borough38.4%26.8%51.3%37104
Alaska Native peopleMatanuska-Susitna Borough35.5%29.0%42.7%119301
Alaska Native peopleNome CA28.9%21.9%37.1%86270
Alaska Native peopleNorth Slope Borough44.4%32.9%56.5%61129
Alaska Native peopleNorthwest Arctic Borough33.5%24.5%44.0%64176
Alaska Native peoplePetersburg Borough**21
Alaska Native peoplePrince of Wales-Hyder CA46.3%34.0%59.0%4695
Alaska Native peopleSitka City and Borough22.8%13.4%36.1%2667
Alaska Native peopleSkagway Municipality**3
Alaska Native peopleSoutheast Fairbanks CA45.7%31.6%60.6%3283
Alaska Native peopleValdez-Cordova CA32.6%20.4%47.6%2165
Alaska Native peopleWrangell City and Borough**21
Alaska Native peopleYakutat City and Borough**22
Alaska Native peopleYukon-Koyukuk CA30.8%23.4%39.3%75267
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available due to less than 50 respondents in the denominator. Geographic descriptions of boroughs and census areas can be found at: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/InfoCenter/Pages/ia/brfss/geo_bca.aspx].

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were obese (BMI >= 30.0), tribal health organization regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2011-2015 (5-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 25
All AlaskansAleutians and Pribilofs37.5%30.9%44.6%276701
All AlaskansAnchorage/Mat-Su29.0%27.8%30.2%3,82412,871
All AlaskansArctic Slope40.8%33.1%49.0%167418
All AlaskansBristol Bay33.5%29.0%38.3%4321,186
All AlaskansCopper R/Prince William Snd.27.9%23.8%32.4%264900
All AlaskansInterior27.2%25.7%28.8%2,2718,091
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula28.6%26.6%30.6%1,2244,249
All AlaskansKodiak Area30.5%26.0%35.4%250858
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic30.6%24.9%36.9%188541
All AlaskansNorton Sound30.0%25.4%35.0%251763
All AlaskansSoutheast29.2%27.4%31.0%1,7506,111
All AlaskansYukon-Kuskokwim28.3%25.0%31.8%5451,806
Alaska Native peopleAleutians and Pribilofs48.1%39.4%57.0%132268
Alaska Native peopleAnchorage/Mat-Su35.5%31.6%39.5%4301,186
Alaska Native peopleArctic Slope50.7%40.5%60.9%102219
Alaska Native peopleBristol Bay36.8%31.3%42.5%260600
Alaska Native peopleCopper R/Prince William Snd.35.2%23.4%49.0%43123
Alaska Native peopleInterior30.3%26.2%34.7%3391,095
Alaska Native peopleKenai Peninsula40.2%33.3%47.5%148371
Alaska Native peopleKodiak Area50.1%39.5%60.8%64150
Alaska Native peopleNorthwest Arctic29.7%23.4%36.9%128369
Alaska Native peopleNorton Sound28.9%23.5%35.0%155465
Alaska Native peopleSoutheast38.7%34.3%43.2%399949
Alaska Native peopleYukon-Kuskokwim28.5%24.8%32.5%3771,257
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal27.0%

Data Notes

Geographic descriptions of the tribal health organization regions can be found at: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/InfoCenter/Pages/ia/brfss/geo_thr.aspx].

Data Source

Alaska Data: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System], Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, DPH, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

References and Community Resources

'''References:''' 1. Trogdon JG, Finkelstein EA, Feagan CW, Cohen JW. State- and Payer-Specific Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obesity 2012;20(1):214-20. 2. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Documents/Obesity/pubs/10-11ObesityStatus_web.pdf Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program: 2010-2011 Status Report]. Published 2011. Accessed October 12, 2016. 3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity 2001. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44206/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK44206.pdf]. Published 2001. Accessed October 12, 2016. 4. Olshansky SJ, Passaro DJ, Hershow RC, Layden J, et al. A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century. N Engl J Med 2005;352(11):1138-45. '''Resources:''' The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides consumer information. [http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/] NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative at [http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/oei/] The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight & Obesity. [http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity] Let's Move, America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids. [http://www.letsmove.gov] More information on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System may be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at [http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/].

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Alaska health promotion resources may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

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