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Where is the problem?

 
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Surveillance data are analyzed by "place" to determine where a health problem is occurring in a population and to gain insight into the geographic variation of the health problem within the population. The county level or "B" analysis of PedNSS Table 6B, Comparison of Growth and Anemia Indicators, can be used to compare the prevalence of obesity for children 2 to 5 years of age from one county with other counties within the state. This table also ranks the prevalence of obesity for each county from the best (lowest) to the worst (highest) with the number "1" indicating the best. The ranking in Table 6B was used to identify the counties with the highest prevalence of obesity .


Sample:  PedNSS Table 6B, Comparison of Growth and Anemia Indicators

table comparing >= 2 years overweight by county

1 Owen county is ranked best or 1st (1) with the lowest prevalence of obesity ( 6.0%) among children 2 to 5 years of age. The county with the worst prevalence is Polk county which ranks as 60th (60) in the state with a prevalence of 17.0%.
2 The last two lines of the table provide a comparison to the state WIC program and the national PedNSS.


Where is the problem?

The worst or highest prevalence of obesity occurred in Polk county. The prevalence of overweight among children 2 to 5 years of age is 17.0% more than three times the expected rate of 5 percent.

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Page last reviewed: October 29, 2009
Page last updated: October 29, 2009
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

 

 



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