Obesity & physical activity in Erie county

Obesity & Physical Activity

Analysis Categories

What does this measure?

Obesity and Physical Activity rates by age group, sex, educational attainment, and income level. Banded in 3 year increments since 2000 for both Erie County and Pennsylvania. Obesity is defined as those with a BMI over 30. Physical activity data in regards to physical activity during leisure time.

Why is this important?

Being overweight or obese puts a person at greater risk for a wide variety of serious health problems. Obesity is recognized as a national problem that has grown tremendously over the last three decades, contributing to increases in medical expenditures for treatment of related diseases. Active adults are likely to be healthier than their inactive counterparts, leading to a higher quality of life and lower long-term health costs. Exercise can control weight, improve physical strength and mental health, and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

How is Erie County doing?

Physical Activity in Erie County's age groupings 18-44 and 45-65 edges out the PA rates marginally, but Obesity rates among those groups is higher than PA, especially in ages 18 – 44 where Obesity rates are 13% higher. By sex, those Obesity rates come from Erie County's males being 11% higher than the PA rates.

How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?

About this Data

Data from the PA Department of Health as of 2018.