Walking to Fight Obesity


OBJECTIVE #1: Decrease Percentage of Iowans Who are Obese

Obesity is a complex problem which will require a multifaceted approach. Medical conditions that are obesity-related include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, and can be a leading cause of death. The medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. (Source: Health Affairs, Sept/Oct 2009)

Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle in order to combat this national epidemic. 

Measurement: % of adult (18+) Iowans who are obese.

Stable Gauge
Iowa Adults (% Obese)
Current Rate - 2021
Target Rate - 2021

CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Data, Trend and Maps [online]. https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/data-trends-maps/index.html *Additional IDPH analysis of national BRFSS data.

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Key Indicators 

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Overall progress  Eat Well    Move more  Feel better