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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].

References

  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 http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pednss/pednss_tables/
    tables_health_indicators.htm

 
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