San Francisco Burden of Disease & Injury Study:
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More than half of the adults in the United States are overweight, and the problem is increasing. The prevalence of obesity in the United States increased by 64.7% between 1991 and 2001 (MMWR 2004). Several of the leading health problems in San Francisco and a large share of the health disparities in San Francisco can be attributed to overweight/obesity. This is as important as smoking as a public health concern.

The recent publication (2001) of the Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity brought additional attention on this important health problem. Chapter 19 of Healthy People 2010 addresses nutrition and overweight. (Physical activity and fitness are addressed in Chaper 22.)

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

* overweight: body mass index 25-30)

* obesity: body mass index greater than 30

For children, BMI must be interpreted on the basis of a nomogram -- see CDC growth charts.



Contribution to overall disease burden in SF

Downstream (Health Consequences)

Upstream (Causes)

What can be done?

Web resources

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Updated April 8, 2005

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