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Selected BRFS Data
By County and Wilmington 2004-05

Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) data were aggregated from calendar years 2004 and 2005 to provide a sample for the City of Wilmington large enough to be valid. Total sample statewide for this study was 8,259 adults age 18 or older. The BRFS is a random-sample telephone survey conducted throughout the year, and data are normally reported on a calendar-year basis. County estimates may vary from annual prevalence estimates because of the two-year aggregation.

Overall Quality of Health: Respondents Who Report "Fair or Poor" Health Status
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
13.3% 16.1% 11.6% 14.8% 15.5%

Adult Smoking Prevalence
  Statewide Wilmington Suburban NC Kent Sussex
Smoke Every Day 17.1% 18.4% 15.9% 18.7% 18.4%
Smoke Some Days 5.4% 9.7% 5.1% 4.8% 5.1%
Former Smoker 26.2% 19.6% 26.4% 24.9% 28.8%

Adults With No Leisure Time Physical Activity
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
22.5% 28.9% 20.2% 24.8% 24.4%

Weight

Weight is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI), determined from self-report height and weight. Estimates are conservative; actual levels of overweight and obesity may be as much as 3 – 5 percentage points higher. Overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29.9; obesity is a BMI >30.

Graph: Comparing obesity prevalence
in Wilmington (27.3%) with suburban New Castle County (18.2%) and statewide (21.4%), average for 2004-05.

Adult Overweight and Obesity
  Statewide Wilmington Suburban NC Kent Sussex
Overweight 37.5% 37.8% 37.2% 35.7% 39.3%
Obese 21.4% 27.3% 18.2% 24.9% 24.6%

Acute or "Binge" Drinking [5+ Drinks at One Occasion]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
16.4% 16.1% 18% 13.8% 14.4%

Current Asthma Among Adults
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
9.2% 10.7% 9.2% 8.8% 9%

Flu Shots [Adults 65 and Older Who Received Flu Shot in Past Year]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
64.9% 66.8% 65.4% 67.5% 62.5%

Colorectal Cancer Screening [Age 50+ Who Ever Had Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
65.1% 66% 65% 64.3% 65.3%

High Risk for AIDS [Respondents < Age 65 Who Reported High-Risk Behaviors]
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
4.1% 6.2% 4.2% 3.7% 3.1%

Respondents < Age 65 Who Have Ever Had an AIDS Test
Statewide Wilmington Suburban N.C. Kent Sussex
47.1% 61.3% 44.2% 51.3% 46.2%
Last Updated: Friday January 16 2009
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