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Child & Teen Healthy Weight and Obesity

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is committed to helping children and teenagers thrive. The collection of resources below provides parents and caregivers, health care providers, and partners with tools and information to help children and teens maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.

  • 60% of women stop breastfeeding earlier than they wanted.
  • 14% of US children aged 1-2 years old had iron deficiency in 2007-2010.
  • Fewer than half (45%-48%) of young children aged 12-23 months in the U.S. ate a vegetable on a given day. (2009-2014 data)
  • About 1 out of every 5 (21%) U.S. high school students meet the physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. (2015)
  • 1 in 3 (33%) U.S. children aged 2-19 years were overweight or had obesity in 2013-2014.