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Washington's Response to Obesity

Washington's Response to Obesity

  • Active Community Environments is a partnership that provides technical assistance, training, and resources to participating communities.

  • The Access to Healthy Foods Coalition is a partnership working to improve access to healthier foods by changing the environment where food is available and by working with policy and decision-makers to promote change.

  • Energize Your Meetingprovides tools and assistance to worksites looking for guidance on conducting healthier meetings and events.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 1.1MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Washington's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 61.1% 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

2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) adolescent obesity data is not available for Washington.

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 18.4% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 14.4% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Washington’s State Profile [PDF – 1.1MB].


  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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