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Current Trend

In 2013/14, 61.4% of residents (18 years and older) in Chatham-Kent were overweight and obese, which is higher when compared to Ontario. The age-standardized proportion of residents in Chatham-Kent who are overweight and obese has not seen significant change since 2007/08.
Statistics for this metric has changed. There is no historical information for how this indicator is now being measured. In 2015/2016 the rate of obesity was an index of 31.5 in Chatham-Kent and 33.2 in Ontario. How do we consider this important when we don't have a measurement system in place?

Desired Trend

A decrease in the proportion of Chatham-Kent residents (18 years and older) who are overweight or obese.

Why is this measurement important?

In order to create a healthy and safe community, policies and programs must be developed and enhanced to help individuals maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is an extremely important part of overall health. Obesity contributes to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality (including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some forms of cancers), negative mental health outcomes, reduced psychological well-being and poor quality of life. In addition, obesity and its associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the health care system and social services.

How is this measured?

Proportion of adults, aged 18 and over, that are overweight and obese according to self-reported height and weight.