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 more than half 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. Nearly one in 5 Utah women giving birth are obese prior to becoming pregnant. Review our Obesity in Utah Maps (PDF) for details.

Here are the facts:

  • More than half of Utah adults are overweight or obese (57.8%, Utah BRFSS 2012). Nearly one-fourth (24.3%) of are obese.
  • Utah is only doing slightly better than the US where 63.4% of adults are overweight or obese and 27.7% are obese (US BRFSS 2012).
  • In 2012, over 1,135,000 adult Utahns were overweight or obese and 476, 450 were obese (Utah BRFSS 2012).
  • The percentage of obese adults in Utah has more than doubled since 1989 (Utah BRFSS 2012).
  • Significantly more men (65.0%) were overweight or obese in Utah than women (50.1%, Utah BRFSS 2012).
  • 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 (17.4%) and 6.4% are obese (2013 YRBS).
  • In 2012, 17.8% of Utah women who delivered a baby were obese prior to becoming pregnant. This is a 35.9% increase since 2000 (Utah Birth Certificate Database 2012).