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Rhode Island's Response to Obesity

Rhode Island's Response to Obesity

  • The Initiative for a Healthy Weightleads the state in making it easier for Rhode Islanders to eat well and move more.

  • Eat Smart, Move More RI [PDF-1.5Mb]is a set of objectives and strategies selected for their potential public health impact, evidence of effectiveness, sustainability, feasibility, and collaborative nature.

  • The Great Outdoors Pursuit is a campaign that encourages children and families to engage in a variety of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking and more in RI state parks.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 688KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Rhode Island's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 62.9% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 25.5% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Rhode Island’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 16.7% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 10.4% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 16.3% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 15.5% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Rhode Island’s State Profile [PDF – 688KB].

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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