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Connecticut’s Response to Obesity

Connecticut’s Response to Obesity

  • Connecticut Breastfeeding Initiative The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH), in partnership with the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC), selected ten maternity facilities to participate in this initiative. The long-term goal of the project is Baby-Friendly Designation.
  • YMCA Collaboration[PDF - 1.09Mb] CDPH, in collaboration with the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs and Connecticut schools, worked to enhance physical activity opportunities for the community's youth by improving access, subsidizing costs, and encouraging social support and services leading to increased use of YMCAs before and after school programs.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 894KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Connecticut’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 59.6% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 22.5% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Connecticut’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.5% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 10.4% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 14.9% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 15.8 % were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Connecticut’s State Profile [PDF – 894KB].


  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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