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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 12 states. Mississippi has the highest rate, 40.8%.
10-17 Year Olds
The latest National Survey of Children’s Health finds that 15.5% 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 13.9% in 2016 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
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Childhood Obesity
COVID-19, and the economic consequences of the pandemic, may be increasing the risk for childhood obesity. Experts speak about how COVID-19 might influence childhood obesity rates in the future.
New Data Compares Latest Child Obesity Rates By Age, Gender, and Race
Nearly one in five young people in the United States has obesity. Data from the 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows the drastic differences in child obesity rates across age, gender, and racial and ethnic groups.
Home Visits May Help Prevent Obesity Among Young Native American Children
Native American children suffer from high rates of obesity which puts them at greater risk for severe consequences from COVID-19. A study found that nutrition-focused home-visiting intervention programs have an impact on infant's health and decreases risk of early childhood obesity.
Innovative Heroes, Ensuring No Child or Family Goes Hungry During COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit, these school nutrition professionals showed up strong to help provide healthy foods to children and families. Read their inspirational stories.
Building Community Power to Limit Marketing of Sugary Drinks
Taking on the beverage industry’s marketing of sugary drinks to kids is one of Xavier’ Morales' passions. Learn more about his work to help communities create policies that prioritize health and equity.
How WIC Has Changed During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brian Dittmeier and Georgia Machell of the National WIC Association explain how WIC is adapting in response to the COVID-19 crisis and changes that are needed going forward.
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