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The State of Obesity
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10-17 Year Olds
The latest National Survey of Children’s Health finds that 15.8% of U.S. youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity.
West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate, 38.1%, according to the latest Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Nationwide, 18.5% of youth ages 2 to 19 have obesity, according to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
2-4 Year Olds
The rate of obesity declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 14.5% in 2014 among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
High School Students
14.8% of U.S. high school students have obesity and an additional 15.6% are overweight, according to the latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Diabetes Prevention Program
Healthy Food Financing
Nutrition Facts Label
Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP
Prevention and Public Health Fund
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
School-Based Physical Education and Physical Activity
School Meals and Snacks
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women Infants and Children (WIC)
District of Columbia
On the Hill
Nearly 100 advocates, nutritionists, researchers, Congressional staff members and others gathered on Capitol Hill for The State of Obesity 2018 Congressional Briefing in late February.
How State Policies Can Make it Easier to be Active
Physical activity can help children and adults reap widespread health benefits. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership produces a 50-state scan examining how state policies support or hinder walking and biking in communities and the school setting.
A Conversation: The Important Role Food & Beverage Companies Play
Jamie Bussel and Victoria Brown, RWJF Program Officers, talk about the first-ever U.S. Access to Nutrition Index.
New Data: State Policies to Prevent Obesity
Strong state policies play a critical role in preventing obesity and promoting health. Updated in January 2019, this interactive feature includes the latest data about individual state requirements in early childhood education settings, schools and communities.
She once judged people who were on SNAP. Now it’s helping keep her and her family healthy.
SNAP enables Kristyn Fayewicz to buy healthy food, which helps her better manage her MS symptoms and sets her daughter up for a strong start in life.
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