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Alabama’s Response to Obesity

Alabama’s Response to Obesity

  • Alabama Healthy Vending Machine Policy [PDF-132Kb] aims to increase access to healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie dense, nutrient poor foods in public service venues.

  • Quality Daily PE Policy for Grades K-12 adopts the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment which was developed by the 2010 Quality PE Task Force using criterion-referenced measures to comprehensively assess the health and fitness of all Alabama students.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.1MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Alabama’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 69.0% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 32.2% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Alabama’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 17.5% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 13.5% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among Alabama’s children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 3

  • 15.2% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 14.1% were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Alabama’s State Profile [PDF – 1.1 MB].

References

  1. CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Prevalence and Trend Data – Overweight and Obesity, U.S. Obesity Trends, Trends by State 2010. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pednss/pednss_tables/tables_health_indicators.htm

 
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