Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m²)§ – 2013 BRFSS, 21 States

The following tables show the percent of survey respondents who said they were 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) 893 27.9 23.0 32.8 0.09
Mining, Oil & Gas (21) 461 37.5 31.3 43.6 0.08
Utilities (22) 307 27.5 21.5 33.4 0.11
Transportation & Warehouse (48-49) 1134 36.7 32.9 40.6 0.05
Construction (23) 1372 27.6 24.8 30.3 0.05
Manufacturing (31-33) 2248 31.6 29.4 33.9 0.04
Wholesale Trade (42) 389 30.6 25.2 36.0 0.09
Retail Trade (44-45) 2144 25.1 22.9 27.3 0.04
Health Care & Social Assistance (62) 4152 28.7 26.9 30.5 0.03
Information (51) 542 24.8 20.8 28.8 0.08
Finance & Insurance (52) 1064 24.7 21.8 27.6 0.06
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (53) 393 20.4 16.2 24.7 0.11
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (54) 1212 20.7 18.5 23.0 0.06
Management of Companies & Enterprises (55) 36 *24.7 8.7 40.7 0.33
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services (56) 632 27.7 23.8 31.6 0.07
Education (61) 2605 25.2 23.1 27.3 0.04
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (71) 362 25.0 19.0 31.1 0.12
Accommodation & Food Services (72) 859 24.3 21.0 27.5 0.07
Other Services (except Public Administration)
(81)
1206 28.1 25.0 31.1 0.05
Public Administration (92) 2137 33.8 31.0 36.5 0.04
All Industries 24148 27.6 26.9 28.3 0.01

*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
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) 2643 27.4 25.3 29.5 0.04
Business & Financial Operations (13) 1063 25.3 22.2 28.5 0.06
Computer & Mathematical (15) 711 24.8 21.5 28.1 0.07
Architecture & Engineering (17) 580 26.2 22.2 30.2 0.08
Life, Physical & Social Science (19) 293 17.4 13.6 21.1 0.11
Community & Social Services (21) 575 29.2 24.2 34.3 0.09
Legal (23) 246 19.0 14.7 23.3 0.11
Education, Training & Library (25) 1646 22.9 20.4 25.3 0.05
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, &
Media (27)
374 16.2 13.1 19.2 0.10
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical
(29)
1694 21.8 19.8 23.7 0.05
Healthcare Support (31) 661 32.4 28.0 36.9 0.07
Protective Services (33) 638 37.6 32.5 42.6 0.07
Food Preparation & Serving (35) 705 26.3 22.2 30.4 0.08
Building & Grounds Cleaning &
Maintenance (37)
836 30.1 26.3 33.8 0.06
Personal Care & Service (39) 791 30.4 26.2 34.7 0.07
Sales & Related (41) 2093 22.8 20.8 24.7 0.04
Office & Administrative Support (43) 3036 31.8 29.6 34.0 0.04
Farming, Fishing & Forestry (45) 201 22.9 15.9 30.0 0.16
Construction & Extraction (47) 1185 27.4 24.3 30.5 0.06
Installation, Maintenance & Repair (49) 757 29.8 25.8 33.8 0.07
Production (51) 1131 30.5 27.1 33.8 0.06
Transportation & Material Moving (53) 1419 39.9 36.2 43.6 0.05
All Occupations 23278 27.6 26.9 28.3 0.01

Abbreviations:
BMI = Body Mass Index
SOC = Standard Occupational Classification

§Respondents reported their weight and height, which were used to calculate their BMI. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m².

Page last reviewed: November 1, 2017