Rates of obesity and severe obesity have declined among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). From 2010 to 2014, the rate of obesity dropped from 15.9% to 14.5% and the rate of severe obesity dropped from 2.12% to 1.96%.1,2
During this time, the obesity rate among preschoolers in WIC decreased in 31 states and three territories, increased in four states and remained stable in the rest. The map below highlights the most recent state-level data: obesity rates exceeded 15% in 18 states and ranged from a low of 8.2% in Utah and a high of 20.0% in Virginia to in 2014.
Learn more about policies and programs that aim to help children achieve a healthy weight during early childhood, including CDC’s work in early care and education and WIC, which provides benefits to more than 4 million children under age 5.