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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
Partners Across Paterson, New Jersey Ensure that WIC Participants Have Health Referrals and Healthy Food During COVID-19
The St. Joseph’s WIC program in Paterson, New Jersey innovates new methods to help participants receive health referral and healthy food services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to their need to live a healthy life.
Infant and Toddler Milk Companies Spend Millions Targeting Caregivers With Dubious Nutritional Claims—and it’s Working
Companies widely market unhealthy drinks for young children, but upcoming dietary guidelines will for the first time include nutrition recommendations for children under age 2.
To Help Recover from COVID-19, We Need Universal Free School Meals
Free school meals for every student would reduce uncertainty for families and ease burdens on schools.
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.
Supporting Child Nutrition During the Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many families have been struggling to find ways to feed their children healthy, affordable foods. Changes to several federal nutrition programs could 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.
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