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California

In California, 17.1% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving California a ranking of 15 among the 50 states and D.C. This page includes California data in four areas: the latest data on obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; how federal nutrition policies impact California; health behaviors and outcomes among high school students; and policies enacted by California health and prevent obesity.

Childhood Nutrition Data

National programs and policies can make it easier for children to access healthier foods and beverages. The number of children participating in each of these programs varies from state to state. See participation numbers and rates below, or visit the full interactive feature.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

4,031,056

California Number of residents participating in in 2020.

72% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- Children

1,901,000

California Number of participating residents who are children in in 2018.

49.5% Percentage of participants who are children in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - White

26.0%

California Percentage of participating households where the head of household is White in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - African-American

15.40%

California Percentage of participating households where the head of household is African-American in in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Hispanic

31.6%

California Percentage of participating households where the head of household is Hispanic in in 2018.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

145,479

California Number of students participating in in 2019.

Head Start

68,997

California Number of children participating in in 2019.

34% Percentage of eligible children participating in 2019.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

928,943

California Number of residents participating in in 2019.

65.6% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2016.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

626,067

California Number of students participating, by state in CACFP in 2019.

219,883,061 Total meals served annually in 2019.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

3,151,092

California Number of children participating in in 2019.

58.1% Percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in 2016-17.

Food Insecurity (CFI)

11%

California Percentage of children who are food insecure in CFI in 2018.

High Schooler Health Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys high school students to better understand a variety of health issues and behaviors. This feature includes data related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

Low P.E. Participation
73.6%
Physically active at least 60 minutes
20.5%
High Computer Usage
54.3%
High TV Watching
18.5%
High Soda Consumption
<
14.5%
No Breakfast
21.7%
Low Fruit Consumption
6.1%
Low Vegetable Consumption
N/A

State Policy Data

In addition to federal policies, states have many of their own policies to make it easier for children to grow up healthy. Below is a selection of policies some states have enacted to support health.

Percentage of eligible schools in the state adopting the community eligibility provision

33.6%

State has regulations requiring licensed ECE programs to make drinking water available to children

Yes

State has licensing laws linked to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards that automatically update

No

State requires elementary school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires high school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State requires middle school students to participate in physical education

Yes

State has statutes or regulations on Safe Routes to School

Yes

State has adopted a complete streets policy

Yes

State has healthy food financing funding

Yes

State has laws preempting local policies related to nutrition

No