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California's Response to Obesity

California's Response to Obesity

  • California’s Statewide Evaluation Planuses CDPH surveillance systems to address baseline prevalence rates for each priority target area in at least one population group.

  • Technical assistance, training and resources are provided to local health departments and other community stakeholders around nutrition physical activity and the built environment under the leadership of the California Obesity Prevention Program.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 362KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among California’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 60.7% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 24.0% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) adolescent obesity data is not available, as California’s overall response rate was below 60%, the minimum necessary for statewide reporting.

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among California’s children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 2

  • 16.0% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 17.2% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see California’s State Profile [PDF – 362KB].


  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 Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at

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