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Georgia's Response to Obesity

Georgia's Response to Obesity

  • Take Charge of Your Health, Georgia! [PDF - 3.23Mb]Involves state and local partners to address worksite, school, early child care, faith-based, community, and healthcare settings.

  • Live Healthy Georgia is an initiative working to provide Georgians with healthful eating and active living environments through evidence-based strategies at the local and state level.

  • Cooking Matters Georgiaoffers nutrition, hands-on cooking, and household budgeting classes to residents within low-income communities across Georgia.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 537KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Georgia's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 64.8% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 29.6% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Georgia’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.8% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 12.4% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among Georgia's children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 3

  • 15.8% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.5% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Georgia’s State Profile [PDF – 537KB].


  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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