Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Facts

Obesity in Utah is at a record high

Chances are you know someone who is at an unhealthy weight, since over 60% of adult Utahns are either overweight or obese. Obesity can affect people of any gender, age, income, and racial/ethnic groups. Today the number of Utah children, adolescents, and adults that are obese is at a record high. Over 1,140,000 Utah adults are at an unhealthy weight (overweight or obese); more than 472,000 of those are obese. Additionally, 20.8% of Utah elementary school students and 20.8% of Utah high school students are at an unhealthy weight (overweight or obese). Review our Obesity in Utah Maps (PDF) for details.

Here are the facts:

  • More than half of Utah adults are overweight or obese (60.1%, Utah BRFSS 2011).
  • Over one in three of those Utah adults at an unhealthy weight are obese (25.0% of adult Utahns, Utah BRFSS 2011).
  • Utah is only doing slightly better than the US where 62.9% of adults are overweight or obese and 27.3% are obese (US BRFSS 2011).
  • In 2011, over 1,140,000 adult Utahns were overweight or obese and 472,000 were obese (Utah BRFSS 2011; National Center for Health Statistics 2011).
  • The percentage of obese adults in Utah has more than doubled (a 138% increase) since 1989 (Utah BRFSS 2011).
  • Significantly more men (68.5%) were overweight or obese in Utah than women (51.4%, Utah BRFSS 2011).
  • Over one in five elementary-age Utah children are overweight or obese (20.8%, Utah child height and weight study 2012).
  • Over one in five high school-age Utah children are overweight or obese (20.8%) and 8.6% are obese (2011 YRBSS).
  • In 2010, 16.8% of Utah women who delivered a baby were prior to becoming pregnant. This is a 30.2% increase since 2000 (Utah Birth Certificate Database 2010).