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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].


  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
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at

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