Select Key Metrics on Obesity & Diabetes
Percent of adults with body mass index (BMI)* greater than or equal to 30kg/m.DIABETES PREVALENCE
Percent of adults with current detected diabetes (type I or type II).
*We acknowledge that BMI is a flawed health indicator, particularly for people of color. However, we are limited by the criteria used to generate publicly available data on obesity, as defined by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and World Health Organization based on BMI.
Rates of obesity are higher for Black and Hispanic adults in Philadelphia with disparities emerging in childhood for Hispanic boys and both Black and Hispanic girls.
Obesity can impact overall health, including creating a higher risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as impacting mental health and quality of life.
Black adults experience the highest rates of diabetes in Philadelphia.
Uncontrolled diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
Ongoing Efforts in the Philadelphia Community
The Jefferson College of Population Health is coordinating the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative, a group of local stakeholders working to design multi-pronged public health efforts to prevent Type 2 diabetes and enroll 2,000 area participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The National DPP focuses on behavior changes related to healthy eating and physical activity.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly nutrition and physical activity program is working to create healthier environments in Philadelphia by bringing better food options to neighborhoods with lower median incomes, improving neighborhood safety to increase physical activity, and promoting awareness of healthy behaviors.
Efforts listed here may be independent of Accelerate Health Equity. Check back to learn about a broader list of health equity efforts.