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Wisconsin's Response to Obesity

Wisconsin's Response to Obesity

  • The 10 Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Centers is a resource kit that focuses on strategies to offset the breastfeeding challenges that families using child care typically encounter.

  • Farm to Schoolis an innovative approach to address childhood obesity by increasing a school system’s access to local foods while providing local farmers and other food businesses with marketing opportunities.

  • “Got Dirt?” Garden Initiative - The health goal of this initiative is to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables by improving access to and consumption of fresh produce and by helping youth cultivate gardening skills as they tend to their own fruit and vegetable gardens.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 757KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Wisconsin's adults age 18 and over 1

  • 62.8% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 26.3% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity

Among Wisconsin’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.0% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 9.3% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

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

  • 16.6% were overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age)
  • 14.1% were obese (>95th percentile BMI-for-Age)

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Wisconsin’s State Profile [PDF – 757KB].


  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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