Obesity Statistics

New York State

Obesity-related Information for Action Reports

U.S.

  • During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity among adults. CDC's U.S. Obesity Trends. Reference: Flegal, KM, Carroll, MD, Ogden CL, et al. Prevalence and Trends in Obesity Among US Adults (PDF, 275KB, 8pg.), 1999-2008 JAMA. 2010;303(3):235-241
  • Among US children enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in 2008, American Indian children and Hispanic children had the highest prevalence of obesity (20% and 18%, respectively), followed by Whites (13%) and Blacks (12%). Reference: CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey, 2008.