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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
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.
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.
Giving all Americans an Equal Opportunity to be Healthy
John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health, comments on the newest adult obesity rate data.
American Indian & Alaska Native Youth
Obesity rates among American Indian and Alaska Native youth have held steady since 2006.
The obesity rate among young children enrolled in WIC dropped between 2010 and 2014.
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