The US obesity rate for youth, aged 10 to 17, was 15.8% in 2016 to 2017, new report says
Mississippi had the highest childhood obesity rate at 26.1% for that time
Utah had the lowest at 8.7%
Childhood obesity has long been a problem in the United States.
Now new research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveals new state-by-state differences and just how serious the problem has become.
The research brief, which was released on Wednesday, shows that the national obesity rate for children, aged 10 to 17, was 15.8% in combined data from 2016 and 2017, similar to the 16.1% rate found in 2016 data alone.
“We know childhood obesity continues to be a major challenge, a public health crisis in this country, and one that has many significant health and financial impacts,” said Jamie Bussel, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, who worked on the report.
“Roughly one in three young people nationally is overweight or obese and I think the new data we’re releasing are a real stark reminder of that fact,” she said. The data “should really urge all of us to think about the kinds of changes that we need to be making that will help all kids grow up at a healthy weight.”