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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
Sugary Drinks and Tobacco—Different Industries, Same Playbook
Matthew Myers and Kelly Brownell discuss how marketing tactics for sugary drink ads and tobacco ads have the same strategy. Target kids and get them hooked.
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.
Fighting for Food Justice
Detroit is working towards ending food insecurity, especially for the Black community, starting with adjusting food production and sales.
In Mexico, Healthy Food Is a Child’s Right
Mexican states are working to protect children's rights, by limiting donations, sales, or supplies of sugary drinks, soda, chips, and candy to children
Our People Will Walk With Good Health
Birthed in South Dakota, the "Bountiful Backpacks" program is a smart, scalable approach to boosting food security by ensuring kids and families had enough to eat. Beyond this, it transformed families' diets by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, providing nutrition and cooking education.
Why Drinking Water Quality Matters
In recognition of Water Quality Month, we spoke with two experts on the importance of water quality and access to clean water in the U.S.
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