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Arizona’s Response to Obesity

Arizona’s Response to Obesity

  • Arizona Champions for Change [PDF-3.71Mb] provided 48 schools with targeted technical assistance and training on implementing evidence-based nutrition and physical policies in their schools using School Health Index Action Plans.
  • Arizona Baby Steps to Breastfeeding Success promotes implementation of five evidence-based maternity care practices that have a positive impact on breastfeeding success for mothers who want to breastfeed.
  • Safe Routes to School - Walking School Buses is a program designed for elementary students who live within two miles of school. It allows an adult supervisor (bus driver) to pick up student walkers at a designated meeting place on the way to school.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 876KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Arizona’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 64.8% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 24.3% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Arizona’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.6% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 13.1% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 15.7 % were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 14.2 % were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Arizona’s State Profile [PDF – 8497KB].


  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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