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Ages 10-17

Roughly one in six youth have obesity, according to the newest available data. The data, from the National Survey of Children’s Health, show that in 2021-2022, 17.0% of youth ages 10 to 17 had obesity. 

There are significant disparities by race and ethnicity at the national level. In 2021-2022, Non-Hispanic Asian children had the lowest obesity rate (9.6%) followed by Non-Hispanic White children (13.1%). Obesity rates were significantly higher for Hispanic (22.7%), non-Hispanic Black (22.0%), and non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native (21.4%) children. 

There were also significant differences based on household income. In 2021-2022, children in the lowest income group had the highest rates of obesity (24.1%) while children in the highest income group had the lowest (9.7%).

Seven states had youth obesity rates significantly higher than the national rate (17.0%): West Virginia (24.8%), Kentucky (24.0%), New Mexico, (23.9%), Mississippi (23.1%), Louisiana (21.8%), Texas (21.5%), and Tennessee (20.9%).

Eleven states had youth obesity rates significantly lower than the national rate (17.0%): Minnesota (12.1%), Utah (12.2%), Washington (12.9%), Wyoming (12.9%), Idaho (13.0%), Vermont (13.0%), Massachusetts (13.1%), Montana (13.1%), New Hampshire (13.6%), Nebraska (13.8%), and Oregon (14.6%).

Fast Facts

Of non-Hispanic Black youth have obesity, significantly higher than among non-Hispanic White or non-Hispanic Asian children.
Of youth from families in the lowest-income group have obesity, compared to 9.7% of those in families from the highest-income group.
States have obesity rates significantly higher than the national rate.

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