Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Morbidly Obese (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m²)§ by Industry – 2013 BRFSS, 21 States

The following tables show the percent of survey respondents who said they were morbidly obese, by industry and by occupation. We produced these tables using the 2013 BRFSS Industry and Occupation Module data, a non-public dataset. To collect important demographic information for employed adults, the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored the BRFSS industry and occupation (I&O) optional module for years 2013–2017. We analyzed the survey responses in SAS 9.3 using the SURVEYFREQ procedure.

Industry (2-Digit NAICS Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence
Limit
Upper Confidence
Limit
Coefficient
of Variation
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (11) 85 1.6 0.8 2.3 0.24
Mining, Oil & Gas (21) 40 3.0 1.6 4.3 0.24
Utilities (22) 26 *3.5 1.1 5.9 0.34
Transportation & Warehouse (48-49) 155 5.4 3.7 7.1 0.16
Construction (23) 105 2.1 1.2 3.0 0.22
Manufacturing (31-33) 271 2.9 2.3 3.5 0.11
Wholesale Trade (42) 36 3.3 1.4 5.2 0.30
Retail Trade (44-45) 268 3.3 2.3 4.2 0.14
Health Care & Social Assistance (62) 667 4.6 3.5 5.7 0.12
Information (51) 77 2.1 1.3 3.0 0.20
Finance & Insurance (52) 142 2.5 1.7 3.4 0.17
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (53) 38 *1.4 0.5 2.3 0.33
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (54) 120 1.5 0.9 2.1 0.20
Management of Companies & Enterprises (55) 5
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services (56) 92 3.7 2.2 5.3 0.21
Education (61) 374 4.1 2.8 5.4 0.16
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (71) 52 *3.4 0.6 6.2 0.42
Accommodation & Food Services (72) 137 3.2 2.1 4.3 0.18
Other Services (except Public Administration) (81) 165 4.3 2.5 6.0 0.21
Public Administration (92) 312 4.4 3.3 5.5 0.13
All Industries 3167 3.4 3.1 3.7 0.05

*Estimates preceded by an asterisk have a coefficient of variation >30% and ≤50% and should be used with caution as they do not meet NCHS standards of precision.

Estimates with a coefficient of variation >50% or that are based on cell sizes of ≤10 are not shown as they do not meet NCHS standards of reliability/precision.

Abbreviations:
BMI = Body Mass Index
NAICS = North American Industry Classification System
NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics

Occupation (2-Digit SOC Code) Unweighted Frequency Prevalence (%) Lower Confidence Limit Upper Confidence Limit Coefficient of Variation
Management (11) 275 2.5 1.7 3.3 0.16
Business & Financial Operations (13) 160 3.2 2.4 4.0 0.13
Computer & Mathematical (15) 78 2.3 1.4 3.1 0.19
Architecture & Engineering (17) 52 1.5 0.8 2.2 0.23
Life, Physical & Social Science (19) 28 *2.0 0.7 3.3 0.33
Community & Social Services (21) 98 6.1 3.5 8.7 0.22
Legal (23) 20 *0.5 0.2 0.9 0.31
Education, Training & Library (25) 227 3.3 1.8 4.7 0.22
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media (27) 62 2.3 1.2 3.3 0.24
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical (29) 216 2.5 1.9 3.1 0.12
Healthcare Support (31) 112 4.9 3.2 6.6 0.18
Protective Services (33) 96 4.9 2.7 7.0 0.22
Food Preparation & Serving (35) 118 3.5 2.3 4.7 0.18
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (37) 97 3.5 2.0 5.0 0.22
Personal Care & Service (39) 169 8.3 5.2 11.4 0.19
Sales & Related (41) 239 2.5 1.8 3.1 0.14
Office & Administrative Support (43) 507 5.1 4.1 6.1 0.10
Farming, Fishing & Forestry (45) 30 *1.4 0.6 2.3 0.31
Construction & Extraction (47) 96 2.3 1.2 3.5 0.24
Installation, Maintenance & Repair (49) 60 1.8 0.9 2.7 0.25
Production (51) 135 2.6 1.8 3.4 0.16
Transportation & Material Moving (53) 186 5.5 3.9 7.1 0.15
All Occupations 3061 3.4 3.1 3.7 0.04

*Estimates preceded by an asterisk have a coefficient of variation >30% and ≤50% and should be used with caution as they do not meet NCHS standards of precision.

Abbreviations:
BMI = Body Mass Index
SOC = Standard Occupational Classification
NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics

§Respondents reported their weight and height, which were used to calculate their BMI. Morbid obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m²

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