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Nevada's Response to Obesity

  • The Quality Rating Improvement System for Nevada’s School Wellness Policy rates schools annually on meeting physical activity and nutrition guidelines.

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards in Child Care Settings were established to require employees of certain child care facilities to complete training each year relating to the lifelong wellness, health and safety of children.

  • Look for the Light Bulb is an example of the media campaigns Nevada has implemented to educate the public about menu labeling and making healthy choices in chain restaurants.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.2MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Nevada's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 59.0% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 22.4% were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Nevada's adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 13.4% were overweight (≥ 85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 11.0% were obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 14.6% were overweight (85th to < 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.6% were obese (≥ 95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Nevada’s State Profile [PDF – 1.2MB].


  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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