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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
Cultivating Healthy Communities in Appalachia
Obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses are significantly higher in Appalachian counties than elsewhere. A new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission examines how the region is approaching this challenge.
Doubling Dollars and Extending the Reach of Healthy Food Initiatives
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 40 million people live in neighborhoods without access to fresh, affordable and nutritious food options, making them “food insecure.” Residents of these communities typically rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer little to no fresh food.
Q&A: How Food Marketing Contributes to Health Disparities
The vast majority of TV food ads targeting Black and Hispanic audiences are for unhealthy products. A new report shows what impact that could have on health disparities.
Investing in Physical Activity at School
Schools play an important role in helping kids lead active, healthy lives. The elementary schools that are making it a priority to help students get at least 60 minutes of daily activity can show others how to do the same.
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.
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