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Texas's Response to Obesity

Texas's Response to Obesity

  • The Texas Nutrition Environment Assessment is a tool used to meet the needs of Texas communities and to focus specifically on obesity by considering the calorie content of food options.

  • Tex Plate Restaurant Project was created as a restaurant-based portion-control initiative that uses serving plates designed with visual cues for recommended portion sizes consistent with healthy eating habits.

  • Farm to Work [PDF-221Kb] is an employee wellness program that provides employees with the opportunity to receive a weekly basket of fresh local produce delivered to the worksite.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 420KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Texas's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 65.9% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 31.0% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Texas’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 15.6% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 13.6% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 16.8% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 15.3% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Texas’s State Profile [PDF – 420KB].


  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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