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Virginia's Response to Obesity

Virginia's Response to Obesity

  • Safe Routes to Schools Mini-Grants helped Virginia schools implement the program that makes walking and biking to school safe and appealing.

  • Nutrition Mini-Grants to Schools were used to audit school vending machine selections for their nutritional value.

  • Virginia Supports Breastfeeding in Worksites and Early Care and Education Centersby, for example, purchasing breastfeeding equipment, developing breastfeeding-friendly toolkits for childcare facilities, and working with health insurance companies to promote breastfeeding worksite policies/programs.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 710KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Virginia's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 60.4% were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 27.3% 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 Virginia’s overall response rate was below 60%, the minimum necessary for statewide reporting.

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 16.5% 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 Virginia’s State Profile [PDF – 710KB].


  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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