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West Virginia's Response to Obesity

West Virginia's Response to Obesity

  • The Main Street Program’s purpose is to increase physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among parents and elementary-aged children in a variety of communities throughout the state.

  • Guidelines for School Nutrition and Physical Activity – West Virginia continues to work on implementation and evaluation of physical activity and nutrition in schools.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF –1.5MB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among West Virginia's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 67.4% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 32.5% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among West Virginia’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.4% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 14.2% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 14.4% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 13.7% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see West Virginia’s State Profile [PDF – 1.5MB].

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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