Adult Overweight and Obesity Rates


Only 31.8 percent of adults living in the Pittsburgh region reported being a healthy weight in 2016, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.  A healthy weight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25.

However, that percentage is the highest among Pittsburgh TODAY’s benchmark regions.

Obesity is a different story.  About 35 percent of adults in the Pittsburgh region were obese in 2016–right at the benchmark average.  Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.




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Data Source(s):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (data are for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas)