Childhood Obesity – How Does Your State Stack Up?

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States, are obese. Many more are overweight. Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. 1

Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama called childhood obesity “a public health crisis” and went on to say, “It’s threatening our children, it’s threatening our families and, more importantly, it’s threatening the future of this nation.”2 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6–17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.3 However, the reality is that only 25 percent of our kids are getting this, according to a survey conducted by the YMCA.4

The Race Across the USA is set to address this scourge. Hundreds of athletes will be running across the United States, beginning in January 2015, to challenge kids to build physical fitness into their daily schedules. The goals for the Race Across the USA are threefold:

  • Raise awareness about childhood activity and fitness in young people
  • Raise funds to sponsor students who cannot afford the cost of qualified activity programs
  • Visit schools along the route to inspire students to lead active lives

Join us as we run across the country. Apply for the core team, cross a state or run one of thirteen 4-day challenge events. If you are not a runner, you can sponsor, donate or volunteer! Teachers, please click here.

ObesityMap

State

Overweight (85th to 94th percentile) %

Obese (95th percentile or above) %

Alabama

16.4

18.6

Alaska

15.9

14.0

Arizona

16.9

19.8

Arkansas

14.0

20.0

California

15.3

15.1

Colorado

12.2

10.9

Connecticut

14.7

15.0

Delaware

15.1

16.9

District of Columbia

13.6

21.4

Florida

14.1

13.4

Georgia

18.5

16.5

Hawaii

15.9

11.5

Idaho

17.1

10.6

Illinois

14.3

19.3

Indiana

17.1

14.3

Iowa

14.6

13.6

Kansas

16.0

14.2

Kentucky

16.0

19.7

Louisiana

18.7

21.1

Maine

17.0

12.5

Maryland

16.5

15.1

Massachusetts

16.1

14.5

Michigan

17.8

14.8

Minnesota

13.2

14.0

Mississippi

18.0

21.7

Missouri

14.9

13.5

Montana

14.8

14.3

Nebraska

15.1

13.8

Nevada

14.5

18.6

New Hampshire

10.5

15.5

New Jersey

14.7

10.0

New Mexico

18.5

14.4

New York

17.9

14.5

North Carolina

15.3

16.1

North Dakota

20.4

15.4

Ohio

13.4

17.4

Oklahoma

16.5

17.4

Oregon

16.5

9.9

Pennsylvania

12.9

13.5

Rhode Island

15.1

13.2

South Carolina

17.7

21.5

South Dakota

13.1

13.4

Tennessee

13.6

20.5

Texas

17.5

19.1

Utah

10.5

11.6

Vermont

13.3

11.3

Virginia

15.5

14.3

Washington

15.2

11.0

West Virginia

15.0

18.5

Wisconsin

15.4

13.4

Wyoming

15.9

10.7

 
1 “Childhood Obesity Facts” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2 Keefe, Bob. “Michelle Obama: Childhood obesity a ‘public health crisis’” ajc.com 28 January 2010

3 “Physical Activity Fact” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4 Hendrick, Bill. “Most Young Kids Don’t Get Enough Exercise” WebMD 14 April 2011.

5. “Childhood Overweight and Obesity Trends” National Conference of State Legislatures.

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