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Kansas's Response to Obesity

Kansas's Response to Obesity

  • The Just Add Water media campaign’s goal was to increase knowledge of the sugar content of sugar-sweetened beverages and the risks they pose to children’s health.

  • The Downtown Wellness Projectwas developed to create walking destinations in local downtown areas, increase city-wide trail connectivity and/or increase complete streets policies by engaging support from local business.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 436KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Kansas’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 63.7% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 29.4% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Kansas’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 13.1% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 12.4% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 15.7% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.0% were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Kansas’s State Profile [PDF – 436KB].

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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