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State of Alaska

Complete Health Indicator Report of Overweight - Adults (18+) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 4A)

Definition

Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who are overweight as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of >= 25.0 and <30.0 as computed by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BMI calculated as self-reported weight ("About how much do you weight 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 >= 25.0 and <30.0 calculated from self-reported weight ("About how much do you weight without shoes?") and height ("About how tall are you without shoes?") on the BRFSS. Excludes women who are pregnant and biological implausible values.

Denominator

Weighted number of adults (18+) for whom BMI can be calculated from their self-reported weight and height on the BRFSS. Excludes women who are pregnant, biological implausible values, unknowns or refusals for weight and/or height.

Data Interpretation Issues

Although the prevalence of overweight is presented independent of obesity in this report, interpretation of the overweight results should be conducted in the context of data on obesity prevalence. Subpopulations may have relatively low rates of overweight paired with relatively high rates of obesity. It is the combination of overweight and obesity prevalence that gives the most complete picture of risk for weight related health conditions. Alaska data were obtained from the Standard AK BRFSS from 1991-2003, and from the Standard and Supplemental AK 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. 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]. Questions on the height and weight of respondents have been components of the standard BRFSS for Alaska since its inception in 1991 and for the supplemental BRFSS since it began in 2004.

Why Is This Important?

More than one-third of Alaskans adults are overweight. Overweight and obesity and their associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the health care system. 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. Many adverse health outcomes are associated with overweight and obesity. 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.^1^[[br]] [[br]] {{class .SmallerFont # Olshansky SJ, Passaro DJ, Hershow RC et al. A potential decline in life expectancy in the United States in the 21st century. NEJM 2005;352(11):1138-45. }}

Other Objectives

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Indicator 4.a: Reduce the percentage of adults (age 18 years and older) who meet criteria for overweight (body mass index of >=25 and <30 kg/(m*m)) to 36% by 2020.

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of adult Alaskans who are overweight has increased over the past 2 decades, from 35% 1991 to 37% in 2014. There are no significant differences in overweight by race, region, or socioeconomic status. Additional statistics on overweight in Alaska are available at: [http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/obesity/resources.htm]. Prevalence rates for overweight 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. This is followed by rates for combined overweight and obese for all Alaskans and Alaska Native people to show the rise in excess weight. 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. The rates of overweight 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 6 Alaska Public Health Regions, 2) three-year averages by the 7 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 rate of overweight among adult Alaskans has paralleled the rate seen in the United States overall.

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) maintain 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. [http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/index.html The Community Guide]. Kahn EB, Ramsey LT, Brownson RC, 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

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Graphical Data Views

Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2000-2020

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Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 53
All Alaskans200038.5%35.5%41.7%
All Alaskans200141.5%38.6%44.5%
All Alaskans200237.9%35.0%40.9%
All Alaskans200337.4%34.7%40.1%
All Alaskans200438.7%36.7%40.6%
All Alaskans200537.9%36.0%39.7%
All Alaskans200639.0%36.8%41.2%
All Alaskans200738.6%36.4%40.8%
All Alaskans200837.3%35.1%39.5%
All Alaskans200939.0%36.7%41.4%
All Alaskans201038.3%35.5%41.3%1,1923,061
All Alaskans201137.5%35.6%39.5%2,1715,748
All Alaskans201237.2%35.3%39.1%2,9217,833
All Alaskans201336.0%34.3%37.7%3,2588,741
All Alaskans201436.5%34.9%38.2%3,1638,537
Alaska Natives200040.6%33.6%47.9%
Alaska Natives200139.1%33.0%45.6%
Alaska Natives200235.1%28.9%41.9%
Alaska Natives200339.5%33.5%45.9%
Alaska Natives200440.2%35.7%44.8%
Alaska Natives200538.4%34.3%42.7%
Alaska Natives200640.2%35.3%45.4%
Alaska Natives200735.0%30.3%40.1%
Alaska Natives200833.3%28.8%38.1%
Alaska Natives200940.9%35.6%46.5%
Alaska Natives201041.0%34.3%48.0%
Alaska Natives201134.4%30.1%39.0%
Alaska Natives201232.3%28.3%36.5%
Alaska Natives201330.8%27.3%34.5%
Alaska Natives201433.5%29.9%37.2%
U.S.200036.7%
U.S.200137.2%
U.S.200237.0%
U.S.200336.7%
U.S.200436.9%
U.S.200536.7%
U.S.200636.5%
U.S.200736.7%
U.S.200836.6%
U.S.200936.2%
U.S.201036.2%
U.S.201135.7%
U.S.201235.8%
U.S.201335.4%
U.S.201435.4%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Notes

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.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, 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 overweight or obese (BMI >= 25.0), all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 1991-2014

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The prevalence of overweight is presented combined with obesity because it is important to interpret the overweight results in the context of obesity prevalence. Subpopulations may have relatively low rates of overweight paired with relatively high rates of obesity. It is the combination of overweight and obesity prevalence that gives the most complete picture of risk for weight related health conditions. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has been increasing since data were first recorded in 1991, although the rate of change has moderated recently. Nearly two-thirds of Alaskan adults (66.3%) were overweight or obese in 2014, a significant change from the less than half (48.6%) in 1991.
Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 48
All Alaskans199148.6%44.9%52.4%7441,477
All Alaskans199249.1%45.3%52.9%7731,469
All Alaskans199350.6%46.7%54.4%7541,473
All Alaskans199450.3%46.7%53.9%7901,469
All Alaskans199555.1%51.2%58.9%8601,477
All Alaskans199653.4%49.5%57.3%8031,460
All Alaskans199755.2%51.3%58.9%8581,466
All Alaskans199858.5%55.3%61.6%1,0771,873
All Alaskans199961.0%57.8%64.1%1,2111,983
All Alaskans200059.6%56.4%62.8%1,2182,002
All Alaskans200163.4%60.6%66.2%1,7242,710
All Alaskans200261.4%58.5%54.3%1,5842,565
All Alaskans200361.1%58.4%63.7%1,5862,536
All Alaskans200461.7%59.7%63.7%3,0074,792
All Alaskans200563.4%61.5%65.3%3,5585,472
All Alaskans200665.0%62.8%67.2%2,6324,015
All Alaskans200766.7%64.5%68.8%3,2544,838
All Alaskans200865.7%63.4%67.9%3,1214,701
All Alaskans200965.9%63.5%68.2%3,0654,558
All Alaskans201067.5%64.5%70.4%2,0923,061
All Alaskans201165.3%63.3%67.0%3,8045,748
All Alaskans201265.3%63.3%67.1%5,2517,833
All Alaskans201365.4%63.7%67.1%5,8088,741
All Alaskans201466.3%64.6%67.9%5,7538,537
Alaska Natives199151.4%44.1%58.7%177306
Alaska Natives199250.7%41.0%60.3%155261
Alaska Natives199358.9%50.7%66.7%172311
Alaska Natives199445.5%37.5%53.8%159276
Alaska Natives199563.8%55.8%71.1%189292
Alaska Natives199656.0%49.8%67.6%182295
Alaska Natives199765.0%56.7%72.5%195291
Alaska Natives199869.3%62.9%75.0%220333
Alaska Natives199966.9%59.2%73.8%278397
Alaska Natives200069.6%62.0%76.2%264376
Alaska Natives200166.6%60.4%72.3%390578
Alaska Natives200267.9%61.8%73.5%380557
Alaska Natives200363.5%57.3%69.2%360547
Alaska Natives200464.8%60.1%69.3%6901,016
Alaska Natives200571.0%67.2%74.5%8061,149
Alaska Natives200667.5%62.4%72.2%580848
Alaska Natives200769.0%64.0%73.5%7611,060
Alaska Natives200870.8%66.3%75.0%697995
Alaska Natives200973.2%68.5%77.4%652903
Alaska Natives201072.4%65.3%78.5%426579
Alaska Natives201169.0%64.1%73.4%7781,106
Alaska Natives201267.2%63.0%71.1%1,1721,674
Alaska Natives201364.5%60.1%68.6%1,0311,491
Alaska Natives201467.2%63.3%70.9%9651,361

Data Notes

Definition: Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who are overweight or obese as defined by a body mass index (BMI) of >= 25.0 as computed by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BMI calculated as self-reported weight ("About how much do you weight 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 >= 25.0 calculated from self-reported weight ("About how much do you weight without shoes?") and height ("About how tall are you without shoes?") on the BRFSS. Excludes women who are pregnant and biological implausible values. Denominator: Weighted number of adults (18+) for whom BMI can be calculated from their self-reported weight and height on the BRFSS. Excludes women who are pregnant, biological implausible values, unknowns or refusals for weight and/or height.

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by sex, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Males201043.9%39.7%48.3%6751,429
Males201143.1%40.3%45.9%1,2402,760
Males201242.6%33.9%45.3%1,6533,801
Males201341.9%39.5%44.4%1,8004,138
Males201442.0%39.6%44.4%1,7534,027
Females201031.7%28.0%35.6%5171,632
Females201130.8%28.2%33.6%9312,988
Females201230.9%28.3%33.6%1,2684,032
Females201329.1%27.0%31.4%1,4584,603
Females201430.3%28.1%32.6%1,4104,510
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <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: 33
18-24201028.9%19.9%40.0%40131
18-24201130.1%23.8%37.3%96324
18-24201230.2%25.0%36.0%156537
18-24201329.4%24.3%35.2%179604
18-24201430.6%25.4%36.3%125470
25-34201034.4%27.3%42.3%143387
25-34201136.3%31.3%41.6%252734
25-34201233.2%29.1%37.6%4001,204
25-34201333.9%29.8%38.2%4111,179
25-34201432.8%28.6%37.2%328982
35-44201044.3%37.5%51.3%212531
35-44201137.2%33.1%41.5%367993
35-44201240.0%35.2%45.0%4581,231
35-44201334.3%30.3%38.4%4881,348
35-44201439.0%35.0%43.2%4661,289
45-64201039.5%35.9%43.3%5711,447
45-64201140.3%37.5%43.2%1,0062,584
45-64201239.7%36.6%42.8%1,2913,348
45-64201338.8%36.3%41.4%1,4683,817
45-64201437.8%35.4%40.3%1,4023,766
65+201043.6%37.0%50.5%217538
65+201140.4%36.1%45.0%4361,063
65+201240.7%35.7%45.9%5941,455
65+201340.2%36.5%44.0%6911,741
65+201441.9%38.4%45.5%8131,961
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by race/ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2012-2014

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Percentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 8
Alaska Native (any mention)32.2%30.0%34.4%1,5344,526
Asian (non-Hispanic)29.3%23.5%35.9%131395
Black (non-Hispanic)35.3%28.0%43.4%99281
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic)36.0%24.8%49.0%35104
White (non-Hispanic)38.1%36.9%39.3%7,02118,389
Multiracial/Other (non-Hispanic)29.1%23.3%35.7%143439
Hispanic (alone or multi)41.4%35.7%47.4%242605
Healthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Ethnicity - Hispanic/LatinoYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Hispanic/Latino201050.5%33.3%67.7%2971
Hispanic/Latino201142.8%32.0%54.3%71165
Hispanic/Latino201243.0%33.4%53.1%89231
Hispanic/Latino201335.9%27.7%45.1%96243
Hispanic/Latino201443.9%34.5%53.8%90229
Not Hispanic/Latino201037.7%34.8%40.6%1,1512,958
Not Hispanic/Latino201137.3%35.3%39.3%2,0885,539
Not Hispanic/Latino201236.9%35.0%38.9%2,8157,559
Not Hispanic/Latino201336.1%34.4%37.8%3,1318,405
Not Hispanic/Latino201436.1%34.5%37.8%3,0228,192
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Notes

Ethnicity is defined independent of race.

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by marital status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Marital StatusYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 33
Married201043.5%39.9%47.3%719
Married201140.1%37.7%42.6%1,247
Married201238.8%36.1%41.5%1,635
Married201338.1%36.0%40.3%1,821
Married201439.2%37.1%41.4%1,836
Widowed201040.5%29.0%53.1%88
Widowed201133.0%26.0%41.0%144
Widowed201235.7%29.2%42.7%222
Widowed201331.7%26.1%37.8%244
Widowed201437.3%32.0%42.8%270
Divorced/Separated201032.4%26.1%39.4%170495
Divorced/Separated201137.0%32.2%42.0%3871,034
Divorced/Separated201236.7%32.1%41.5%4741,318
Divorced/Separated201338.4%34.1%43.0%5521,486
Divorced/Separated201435.2%31.3%39.4%5191,425
Never Married201030.7%24.1%38.3%165458
Never Married201131.5%26.8%36.6%297883
Never Married201233.5%29.6%37.6%4601,349
Never Married201331.9%28.0%36.1%4761,446
Never Married201432.9%29.1%36.9%4191,289
Living with a Partner201026.8%17.7%38.5%42109
Living with a Partner201140.5%31.3%50.4%83241
Living with a Partner201240.5%31.9%49.8%116330
Living with a Partner201329.9%23.6%37.2%139395
Living with a Partner201431.3%23.8%39.8%105339
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (25+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <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: 28
< HS201032.3%23.8%42.1%72200
< HS201133.3%26.2%41.3%122367
< HS201236.3%29.4%43.8%188502
< HS201329.9%24.1%36.5%157446
< HS201437.5%31.0%44.4%156434
HS201045.8%39.9%51.8%342817
HS201137.2%33.6%41.0%5591,512
HS201237.7%33.9%41.7%7171,936
HS201337.0%33.6%40.5%7772,087
HS201438.3%34.9%41.9%7121,925
Some Coll201037.2%32.4%42.3%331850
Some Coll201140.6%37.1%44.3%6011,517
Some Coll201239.6%36.1%43.3%8262,154
Some Coll201338.0%35.0%41.2%9072,424
Some Coll201436.4%33.3%39.6%8742,299
Coll Grad201039.8%35.2%44.7%3971,033
Coll Grad201140.0%36.8%43.3%7741,969
Coll Grad201237.9%34.4%41.4%1,0062,634
Coll Grad201337.6%34.9%40.4%1,2103,110
Coll Grad201438.0%35.5%40.6%1,2593,292
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Notes

Education is based upon education completed by or after 25 years of age. Individuals less than 25 years of age are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by employment status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: EmploymentYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 28
Employed201041.0%37.3%44.7%7931,954
Employed201139.7%37.2%42.3%1,3763,516
Employed201238.5%36.0%40.9%1,8264,799
Employed201337.2%35.1%39.4%2,0035,250
Employed201437.6%35.5%39.8%1,9235,081
Unemployed201030.2%21.9%40.0%76206
Unemployed201134.5%28.1%41.6%173440
Unemployed201234.8%28.2%42.0%189560
Unemployed201335.2%28.9%42.0%205586
Unemployed201431.6%25.8%38.0%166455
Not In Work Force201035.6%29.8%41.9%285741
Not In Work Force201135.1%31.4%39.1%5341,473
Not In Work Force201235.8%32.1%39.8%7682,039
Not In Work Force201334.3%31.2%37.5%8952,400
Not In Work Force201437.3%34.2%40.6%9452,515
Unable to Work201021.7%13.5%33.0%30141
Unable to Work201126.7%19.3%35.7%81294
Unable to Work201230.8%24.0%38.5%130408
Unable to Work201328.7%22.4%35.8%130430
Unable to Work201426.1%20.1%33.2%108420
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <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: 33
<$15,000201041.2%29.3%54.1%76209
<$15,000201123.2%17.8%29.6%129432
<$15,000201233.1%27.0%39.8%205630
<$15,000201330.6%24.8%37.0%220677
<$15,000201435.2%29.4%41.6%186607
$15,000 - $24,999201039.7%31.0%49.1%112296
$15,000 - $24,999201129.5%23.9%35.8%205630
$15,000 - $24,999201233.7%28.7%39.1%323940
$15,000 - $24,999201332.0%27.2%37.3%315967
$15,000 - $24,999201431.2%26.5%36.3%300909
$25,000 - $49,999201036.8%30.3%43.8%216
$25,000 - $49,999201140.3%35.7%45.1%439
$25,000 - $49,999201236.4%32.1%40.9%574
$25,000 - $49,999201336.9%33.1%40.9%638
$25,000 - $49,999201432.1%28.4%36.0%554
$50,000 - $74,999201041.0%33.6%48.8%208527
$50,000 - $74,999201140.0%35.4%44.8%349936
$50,000 - $74,999201239.9%35.1%44.9%4711,256
$50,000 - $74,999201336.6%32.6%40.7%5581,476
$50,000 - $74,999201440.4%36.3%44.7%5381,349
$75,000+201041.4%36.6%46.4%4481,047
$75,000+201140.9%37.7%44.2%7771,933
$75,000+201241.8%38.4%45.3%1,0392,537
$75,000+201339.2%36.5%42.0%1,2713,175
$75,000+201439.2%36.5%41.9%1,2843,304
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <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: 23
Poor201034.5%23.4%47.6%61180
Poor201136.7%28.9%45.2%139385
Poor201233.5%27.3%40.3%203634
Poor201332.0%25.9%38.7%204606
Poor201434.4%28.5%40.7%176555
Near Poor201044.5%37.1%52.2%165408
Near Poor201135.9%30.5%41.7%235699
Near Poor201234.6%29.7%39.8%3951,132
Near Poor201331.7%27.5%36.2%3991,245
Near Poor201427.6%23.5%32.1%3141,053
Middle/High201039.9%36.3%43.6%8342,077
Middle/High201139.3%37.0%41.6%1,4313,678
Middle/High201239.9%37.5%42.3%2,0145,146
Middle/High201338.3%36.3%40.4%2,3996,137
Middle/High201438.4%36.4%40.4%2,3726,147
Healthy Alaskans Goal201336.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201436.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201536.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201636.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201736.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201836.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201936.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202036.0%

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.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by Alaska Economic Regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2014

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Alaska ComparisonsAlaska Public Health RegionsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 13
All AlaskansAnchorage - Mat-Su36.3%33.8%38.8%1,2233,358
All AlaskansGulf Coast39.6%35.7%43.7%5221,294
All AlaskansInterior36.9%33.2%40.7%6541,729
All AlaskansNorthern34.2%25.3%44.3%81254
All AlaskansSoutheast35.4%31.3%39.7%4581,282
All AlaskansSouthwest35.2%28.9%42.1%225620
Alaska NativesAnchorage - Mat-Su34.3%27.6%41.6%116327
Alaska NativesGulf Coast35.2%24.7%47.4%48124
Alaska NativesInterior31.5%23.2%41.3%78217
Alaska NativesNorthern33.9%23.7%45.8%47156
Alaska NativesSoutheast38.2%29.4%47.9%67197
Alaska NativesSouthwest29.9%23.4%37.2%112340
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2012-2014 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 15
All AlaskansAnchorage35.9%34.1%37.8%1,9255,227
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star MSA36.9%34.4%39.3%1,5224,018
All AlaskansJuneau MicroSA35.4%31.8%39.2%5991,570
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway MicroSA36.1%30.8%41.8%300806
All AlaskansKodiak Island MicroSA34.4%28.6%40.7%205530
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough39.4%36.7%42.1%1,3263,578
All AlaskansRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)36.4%34.8%38.1%3,4659,382
Alaska NativesAnchorage28.8%24.0%34.0%176537
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star MSA30.0%23.5%37.4%112327
Alaska NativesJuneau MicroSA33.7%24.1%44.9%48161
Alaska NativesKetchikan Gateway MicroSA46.7%33.7%60.2%50132
Alaska NativesKodiak Island MicroSA22.7%14.1%34.5%3094
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough38.7%30.2%47.9%106300
Alaska NativesRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)32.9%30.2%35.8%1,0122,975
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), by behavioral health services assessment areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2014

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Alaska ComparisonsBehavioral Health System Assessment RegionsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
All AlaskansAnchorage Muncipality36.0%33.0%39.1%7512,057
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough38.2%34.0%42.5%5251,373
All AlaskansCity and Borough of Juneau35.1%29.1%41.5%202544
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough39.0%34.4%43.7%371942
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough37.1%33.3%41.1%4721,301
All AlaskansNorthwest Region34.2%25.3%44.3%81254
All AlaskansOther Interior Region25.9%30.2%42.1%210535
All AlaskansOther Southeast Region35.7%30.3%41.5%256738
All AlaskansY-K Delta Region27.6%20.7%35.7%94290
All AlaskansSouthwest Region40.7%33.2%48.7%201503
Alaska NativesAnchorage Muncipality32.9%25.1%41.8%68204
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star Borough35.3%24.0%48.4%49124
Alaska NativesCity and Borough of Juneau32.5%19.2%49.4%1966
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula Borough25.0%14.4%39.7%2375
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough39.2%28.6%50.8%48123
Alaska NativesNorthwest Region33.9%23.7%45.8%47156
Alaska NativesOther Interior Region32.6%21.8%45.7%43117
Alaska NativesOther Southeast Region41.1%30.1%53.0%48131
Alaska NativesY-K Delta Region28.4%20.4%38.0%65194
Alaska NativesSouthwest Region33.7%24.5%44.4%58171
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), boroughs and census areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2012-2014 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsBoroughs/Census AreasPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 59
All AlaskansAleutians East Borough34.7%24.0%47.1%63175
All AlaskansAleutians West Borough41.6%29.7%54.6%96274
All AlaskansAnchorage Municipality35.9%34.1%37.8%1,9255,227
All AlaskansBethel Census Area31.9%26.6%37.6%290823
All AlaskansBristol Bay Borough45.6%29.5%62.7%72179
All AlaskansDenali Borough35.9%26.0%47.1%73187
All AlaskansDillingham Census Area41.5%32.8%50.6%147382
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough36.9%34.4%39.3%1,5224,018
All AlaskansHaines Borough33.1%22.4%45.9%60189
All AlaskansHoonah-Angoon Census Area30.5%20.1%43.3%34114
All AlaskansJuneau City and Borough35.4%31.8%39.2%5991,570
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough39.0%36.2%41.8%1,0512,677
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway Borough36.1%30.8%41.8%300806
All AlaskansKodiak Island Borough34.4%28.6%40.7%205530
All AlaskansKusilvak Census Area32.7%25.1%41.3%106323
All AlaskansLake and Peninsula Borough29.2%19.8%40.9%68173
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough39.4%36.7%42.1%1,3263,578
All AlaskansNome Census Area38.2%31.0%46.0%175489
All AlaskansNorth Slope Borough33.2%23.0%45.4%98274
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic Borough32.6%24.7%41.6%110308
All AlaskansPetersburg Borough32.0%22.0%44.0%60212
All AlaskansPrince of Wales-Hyder Census Area27.2%20.7%34.8%95278
All AlaskansSitka City and Borough30.6%24.4%37.4%159430
All AlaskansSkagway Municipality38.1%22.3%56.9%2153
All AlaskansSoutheast Fairbanks Census Area36.5%30.4%43.0%203599
All AlaskansValdez-Cordova Census Area41.8%35.6%48.3%219547
All AlaskansWrangell City and Borough32.7%19.3%49.7%47124
All AlaskansYakutat City and Borough60.8%42.6%76.5%2957
All AlaskansYukon-Koyukuk Census Area33.0%26.7%40.0%189515
Alaska NativesAleutians East Borough20.4%12.4%31.6%2793
Alaska NativesAleutians West Borough36.5%20.0%56.9%1866
Alaska NativesAnchorage Municipality28.8%24.0%34.0%176537
Alaska NativesBethel Census Area31.3%25.1%38.2%173510
Alaska NativesBristol Bay Borough43.3%27.0%61.2%2270
Alaska NativesDenali Borough**12
Alaska NativesDillingham Census Area38.7%27.5%51.4%62177
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star Borough30.0%23.5%37.4%112327
Alaska NativesHaines Borough**22
Alaska NativesHoonah-Angoon Census Area**30
Alaska NativesJuneau City and Borough33.7%24.1%44.9%48161
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula Borough28.1%20.3%37.4%78230
Alaska NativesKetchikan Gateway Borough46.7%33.7%60.2%50132
Alaska NativesKodiak Island Borough22.7%14.1%34.5%3094
Alaska NativesKusilvak Census Area28.1%20.9%36.6%93286
Alaska NativesLake and Peninsula Borough24.8%16.1%36.1%37105
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough38.7%30.2%47.9%106300
Alaska NativesNome Census Area42.1%33.0%51.8%103301
Alaska NativesNorth Slope Borough29.4%17.4%45.2%52165
Alaska NativesNorthwest Arctic Borough35.0%25.5%45.6%77214
Alaska NativesPetersburg Borough**20
Alaska NativesPrince of Wales-Hyder Census Area23.1%14.6%34.6%28106
Alaska NativesSitka City and Borough27.6%16.0%43.3%2064
Alaska NativesSkagway Municipality**4
Alaska NativesSoutheast Fairbanks Census Area40.2%24.5%58.2%2775
Alaska NativesValdez-Cordova Census Area45.6%26.8%65.7%2971
Alaska NativesWrangell City and Borough**23
Alaska NativesYakutat City and Borough**28
Alaska NativesYukon-Koyukuk Census Area34.5%26.3%43.6%114303
Healthy People TargetHealthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available due to a sample size of less than 50.

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who were overweight (BMI >= 25.0 and <30.0), tribal health organization regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2010-2014 (5-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 25
All AlaskansAleutians and Pribilofs37.2%30.2%44.8%200566
All AlaskansAnchorage/Mat-Su37.1%35.7%38.6%4,13311,085
All AlaskansArctic Slope28.6%21.4%37.2%125357
All AlaskansBristol Bay39.2%33.7%44.9%384972
All AlaskansCopper River/Prince William Sound40.8%35.9%45.9%326835
All AlaskansInterior36.5%34.8%38.3%2,6807,166
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula39.1%36.8%41.6%1,5013,847
All AlaskansKodiak Area37.7%32.6%43.0%305779
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic40.6%33.2%48.4%177476
All AlaskansNorton Sound38.1%32.3%44.3%248681
All AlaskansSoutheast35.9%33.9%38.0%2,0725,558
All AlaskansYukon-Kuskokwim35.6%31.5%39.9%5541,598
Alaska NativesAleutians and Pribilofs31.9%23.2%42.2%62210
Alaska NativesAnchorage/Mat-Su34.3%29.6%39.3%3601,026
Alaska NativesArctic Slope21.3%14.8%29.6%58201
Alaska NativesBristol Bay36.4%29.6%43.7%173484
Alaska NativesCopper River/Prince William Sound33.3%21.4%47.8%44119
Alaska NativesInterior34.0%29.6%38.7%342935
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula37.8%29.8%46.6%131352
Alaska NativesKodiak Area22.9%15.8%32.0%42136
Alaska NativesNorthwest Arctic41.5%33.0%50.6%127333
Alaska NativesNorton Sound40.3%33.2%47.8%152430
Alaska NativesSoutheast35.0%30.2%40.1%282850
Alaska NativesYukon-Kuskokwim32.6%28.3%37.3%3731,135
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal36.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspxBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

References and Community Resources

'''References:''' 1. Olshansky SJ, Passaro DJ, Hershow RC et al. A potential decline in life expectancy in the United States in the 21st century. NEJM 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 - [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]

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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