Study of Children Ages 10 to 17 (2011)

Obesity rates for children and teenagers ages 10 to 17 ranged from a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi according to the most recent state-by-state level data from the 2011 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH).1

Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of childhood obesity are in the South. Only two states had statistically significant changes to their childhood obesity rates between 2008 and 2011: South Carolina saw an increase and New Jersey saw a decrease.

NSCH is based on a survey of parents in each state. The data are from parental reports, so they are not as reliable as measured data, but they are the only source of comparative state-by-state data for children. NSCH has typically been conducted and released every four years.

Obese Children Ages 10 to 17 by State,

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Percent of obese children ages 10 to 17

Obesity among children 10-17,


1 National Survey of Children's Health, 2007. Overweight and Physical Activity Among Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2009, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. (accessed May 2011).