Obesity has been defined as a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that health may be adversely affected. The classification of overweight and obesity allows the identification of individuals and groups at increased risk of morbidity and
Body Mass Index (BMI) provides the most useful
population-based measure of obesity. For adults, a BMI of 30.0 or greater is obese. Classifications of BMI for children are derived from Growth Charts that show the distribution of weight-for-height across a range of ages and sex for a reference population. Children with a BMI-for-age >=95th percentile are classified as obese.
Data on self-reported height and weight are collected annually for the adult population in Georgia and are useful for estimating the proportion of the population that is overweight or obese and to monitor trends. Periodic surveys administered to middle and high school students provide a population-based estimate of at risk for overweight and overweight among Georgia's youth.
- To systematically collect overweight and obesity data in the state.
- To make data reports available to the public and health care professionals.
- To provide overweight and obesity data to public health programs.
Data & Reports
High School Student Obesity
Obesity Data Summary 2010
Obese Adults in Georgia by County 2010
Healthy Eating Data Summary 2009
Physical Activity Data Summary 2009
Obesity Data Summary 2009
Obesity Program and Data Summary 2009
Healthy Eating Data Summary 2008
Breastfeeding Data Summary
- Obesity Data Summary
Obesity Program and Data Summary 2008
Healthy Eating Data Summary 2007
Breastfeeding Data Summary 2007
Obesity Data Summary 2007
Obesity Program and Data Summary 2007
Healthy Eating Data Summary 2006
Obesity Data Summary 2006
Obesity Program and Data Summary 2006
- Obesity Data Summary 2005
Obesity in Georgia's 3rd Grade Children
- The purpose of this report is to describe the burden of obesity in
Georgia's 3rd grade children and highlight immediate actions needed
to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
Overweight and Obesity in Georgia
- This report summarizes the burden of overweight and obesity in Georgia. The report also highlights strategies
to prevent obesity by increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration, improving healthy eating habits,
increasing physical activity and decreasing television viewing. The information presented in this report is
intended to help plan, implement and evaluate programs to promote healthy behaviors in all Georgians.
- Adult Obesity
- The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based surveillance system, has been gathering information about adult overweight and obesity and related risk factors since 1984.
Overweight among Middle and High School Students in Georgia, 2001
- This report summarizes the most recent data available on the prevalence of overweight among middle and high school students aged 11 to 18 years in Georgia. The report also highlights the differences among sex and race groups. Recommendations for prevention of overweight in children and adolescents are discussed.
Take Charge of Your Health, Georgia!
Georgia's 10-year Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan
Georgia's Nutrition and Physical Activity plan (2005-2015)
is a ten-year, comprehensive plan to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases
by increasing breastfeeding, improving healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity and
decreasing television viewing/screen time. Education, policy and environmental strategies are
identified. The plan was developed by the Department of Human Resources Division of Public
Health and the Take Charge of Your Health, Georgia Task Force.