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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
Baltimore Public Schools keep innovating to serve millions of kids across the city
Nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s young residents struggle with food insecurity. Since the pandemic started, Baltimore City Public Schools have made it their mission to ensure that local families across the city never have to worry about a lapse in access to food.
Confronting the Challenges of Transforming Public Health
Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, discuss SNAP, and the country's plan to improve food access for the future.
Protecting Kids from Harmful Food and Beverage Advertising
We spoke with the lead authors of a new report "Big Food, Big Tech, and the Global Childhood Obesity Pandemic" about how food and beverage companies have seized on the pandemic as an opportunity to promote their unhealthy products to children and teens.
WIC Gives Families a Sense of Relief Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented increases in unemployment and hunger, underscoring how vital the WIC program is for families and provides various supports to mothers and their children. Hear from families how WIC gave them relief during uncertain times.
How School Meals Help Families Impacted by the Pandemic
School meals are a lifeline to tens of millions of families across the country. Learn about new research on how healthy meals benefit kids—and why school meal programs must be supported, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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