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National Obesity Monitor
National childhood obesity rate and adult obesity rate data. The feature also illustrate trends over time, including by age group, sex, and race and ethnicity, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in 16 states. Mississippi has the highest rate, 39.7%.
10-17 Year Olds
The latest National Survey of Children’s Health finds that 16.2% of U.S. youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity.
2-4 Year Olds
The rate of obesity declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 14.4% in 2018 among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC
High School Students
15.5% of U.S. high school students have obesity, according to the latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
Child Nutrition Policies
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Food Marketing to Children
Head Start and Early Head Start
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in Early Care and Education
Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Nutrition Facts Labeling
Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools
Safe Routes to School
School Meals and Snacks
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
District of Columbia
Nutrition Directors Make the Case: School Meals for All!
Universal school meals have been key to supporting nutrition service directors’ efforts to feed families facing food insecurity. If the USDA waivers that allow for school meals free of charge end, there could be a devastating rise in school lunch debt.
How to Help States Administer SNAP: Short Term and Beyond
For the state staff who administer SNAP, the pandemic has created a host of new challenges. From online access barriers to surges in enrollment, states pivoted again and again to meet the needs of participating families.
A Malawian Farmer’s Inspiring Lessons on Climate Change, Food Justice and Gender Equity
The Ants and the Grasshopper film explores solutions to end child hunger and issues on climate change and gender equity. Learn from Malawian farmers about how to build a healthier, more equitable future.
Six Tips to Help Advocate for School Meals for All in Your State
Almost 60% of public school students in California are from families with low income, and research shows nutritious school meals are essential for students' health and learning. Ensuring kids have consistent access to healthy meals at school is a critical strategy for alleviating hunger.
Fighting Back Against Companies’ Behind-the-Scenes Tactics to Market Sugary Drinks to Kids
Matthew Myers and Kelly Brownell discuss how sugary drinks advocates are fighting back against the beverage companies unfair marketing tactics to kids.
Bold Solutions for Healthier Kids and a Healthier Planet
Working towards a healthier planet and healthier kids means addressing obesity, hunger, and climate change. They are all connected.
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SNAP kept around 3.6 million people—including 1.5 million children—out of poverty in 2016.