Obesity Prevention and Control - Publications

Burden of Obesity in Nevada 2015

For the past three decades, the American population, and Nevada, has increased in the rates of obesity and being overweight. As the waistline of the average American continues to grow, so do the numerous health-related issues. Moreover, in recent years, obesity has become one of the largest causes of preventable death in America. As is visible from the CDC comparison of 1990 to 2010, in only two decades, every single state experienced substantial increases in obesity rates. The obesity epidemic has expanded at both ends of the age spectrum, with increases in overweight and obesity rates for adolescents and children over the past two decades.  Nevada is not unlike the other 49 states in terms of obesity increases and continued efforts to prevent obesity, treat comorbid diseases, and promote healthy lifestyles across the state. Policy initiatives have been introduced to increase obesity-related prevention programs for Nevada's children and youth. More emphasis has been made on school-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs, promoting breastfeeding-friendly hospitals and workplaces, and integration of wellness programs at workplaces.

Nevada Body Mass Index Report 2008-2012

Small area obesity rate prevalence information is important for public health strategy and resourcing equity. Monitoring and surveillance of obesity has been an effective way for most states to monitor trends, highlight disparities, identify risk factors, guide prevention programs, and evaluate interventions. Data from both driver licenses and ID cards provided by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) were used for body mass index (BMI) and BMI-for-age analysis. The results were also compared with that of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Last Updated: 12/24/2015