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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
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.
Deeper Dive: New Obesity Rate Data for Youth Ages 10 to 17
Nearly one in six youth nationwide has obesity. Read a Q&A about the new data.
Deeper Dive: Survey of U.S. High School Students
We asked Holly Hunt, Chief of CDC’s Healthy Schools, to provide some insight about the new data on high school students’ health behaviors.
SNAP Story: Kansas
Husband and wife, Tim and Emily Brown, talk about the short period of time they received SNAP benefits after Tim lost his job.
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State Policies to Prevent Obesity