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Tennessee's Response to Obesity

Tennessee's Response to Obesity

  • The Gold Sneaker Initiative – Two hundred and forty-two child care centers throughout Tennessee have been designated thus far as Gold Sneaker facilities for having successfully implemented nutrition and physical activity-related policy interventions.

  • Connect with Tennesseeencourages use of Tennessee’s trails and greenways.

  • Nashville on the Move is a free lunchtime walking event designed to encourage employees to be more active during the workday.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.6MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Tennessee's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 67.2% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 30.8% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Tennessee’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 16.1% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 15.8% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 15.2% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 14.5% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Tennessee’s State Profile [PDF – 1.6MB].


  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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