By Norma J. Goodwin, MD, Founder and President of Health Power, and Darci L. Graves, Health Power Editor
As we’ve discussed before, there is a real need for a wake-up call about the potential interrelated dangers of our “Big 4 Targets for Minority Health”:
Consider Obesity: NIH (National Institutes of Health) statistics from 2009 and 2010 found that more than 2 of every 3 adults in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese, and 1 in 3 adults are considered obese.
What is considered “overweight” and what is “obese”?
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is the tool most commonly used to estimate overweight and obesity in adults. The BMI is determined by a person using his or her height and weight to calculate a ‘number’. The number one gets as a result is the BMI and for most people, it correlates with the amount of body fat a person has.
To calculate your BMI – in English or in Spanish – click here for the NIH tool.
For teenagers and children (ages 2-19), a different index should be used to determine their BMI. Although nearly 2 in 3 adults in the U.S. America are considered to be overweight or obese, being overweight or obese affects some racial and ethnic groups more than others, as indicated below:
|Location||White||Black||Hispanic||Asian/Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander||American Indian/Alaska Native||Other||All Adults|
For more information about The Big 4, and ways to prevent and control them, be sure to check our following blog post: http://healthpowerforminorities.com/live-longer-and-live-well-prevent-and-control-our-big-4-special-targets/.
You can also learn more about overweight and obesity in the U.S. by visiting the following links, which served as the foundation for this blog post:
- Overweight and Obesity – http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
- Overweight and Obesity Rates for Adults by Race/Ethnicity – http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/adult-overweightobesity-rate-by-re/
- Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012 http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832542
NOTE: Our next Health Power Big 4 Target, coming soon, will be hypertension.
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