(FOX19) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a major risk factor for certain types of cancer and preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Also, obesity is costly to the public health system, with 2013 estimates for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at $12 billion in obesity-related health costs.
In Greater Cincinnati, nearly 8 in 10 adults (76 percent) with poor health are overweight or obese, while less than 6 in 10 (56 percent) with excellent or very good health are overweight or obese. Also, a person with poor health is more likely to be obese than just overweight.
More information about Greater Cincinnatians' rate of obesity and other topics is available online at www.interactforhealth.org/greater-cincinnati-community-health-status-survey.