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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).
Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest adult obesity rates, 39.5%, according to the latest Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
10-17 Year Olds
The latest National Survey of Children’s Health finds that 15.3% 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
14.8% of U.S. high school students have obesity and an additional 15.6% are overweight, according to the latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
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 Drink Marketing Targets Youth at Greatest Risk for Obesity
New priority issue page highlights the latest research on sugary drink marketing, how it targets youth who are at risk for obesity and policy options for reducing consumption.
Current State of Child Nutrition in COVID-19 Pandemic Relief
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on daily lives across the country. Because of widespread closures of schools and childcare centers, many families have been struggling to find ways to feed their children healthy, affordable foods. There have been changes made to several federal nutrition programs this spring to better support families during this ongoing crisis.
Supporting a Healthy Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has made administering nutrition programs like WIC more challenging. We spoke to the National WIC Association and Food Research & Action Center to better understand how WIC is responding to the pandemic.
Coronavirus and Nutrition: Feeding Children During the Pandemic
Two new research briefs offer recommendations for prioritizing specific changes to SNAP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent media briefing explored how best to feed children during the pandemic.
Food Banks Respond to Surge in Demand
During the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of people are unable to afford food. Food banks have become an essential resource in providing support to families across the country.
Serving School Meals in Challenging Times
Schools across the country are working to serve healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about some of the strategies school leaders are using.
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