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Nebraska's Response to Obesity

Nebraska's Response to Obesity

  • To help foster healthy weight in Nebraska’s youth a number of partner organizations collaborated to develop aHealth Care Provider Toolkit with training video and clinic resources to assist pediatric providers in assessing, preventing, and treating childhood obesity.

  • The “Whatcha Doin?” Campaigndepends on peer promoters to carry out innovative acts to promote healthy eating and physical activity on high school campuses.

  • The Great Park Pursuit Outdoor Adventure promotes Nebraska’s park and recreational opportunities by encouraging residents to discover a healthier lifestyle by taking advantage of Nebraska’s outdoor recreation opportunities.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.5MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Nebraska's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 64.1% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 26.9% 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 Nebraska’s overall response rate was below 60%, the minimum necessary for statewide reporting.

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among Nebraska's children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 2

  • 16.7% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.8% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Nebraska’s State Profile [PDF – 1.5MB].


  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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