Georgia State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile
Many American communities lack environments that could support healthy diets and regular physical activity. Healthy dietary and physical activity practices can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.1,2
In addition, excess calorie intake and physical inactivity contribute to obesity, which is associated with some of the leading preventable chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Among adults, the medical costs associated with obesity are an estimated $147 billion.1,2,3
Public health approaches can help make healthy options available, accessible, and affordable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) supports the nation to establish sustainable programs to improve dietary quality, increase physical activity, and reduce obesity and overweight. DNPAO funds and works with state health departments through a cooperative agreement (State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health program).
This profile highlights data on dietary quality, physical activity, and obesity in Georgia and select activities funded with this cooperative agreement. For more information about CDC’s work to support healthy eating and physical activity, please see the DNPAO website.
Estimated Population of Georgia: 10,214,8604
- 43.2% of adults reported consuming fruit less than one time daily.
- 23.7% of adults reported consuming vegetables less than one time daily.
- 50.8% of adults achieved the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week.
Overweight and Obesity5
- 35.2% of adults were overweight.
- 30.5% of adults had obesity.
- 43.1% of adolescents reported consuming fruit less than one time daily.
- 45.2% of adolescents reported consuming vegetables less than one time daily.
- 24.7% of adolescents were physically active at least 60 minutes per day on all 7 days in the past week.
Overweight and Obesity5
- 17.1% of adolescents were overweight.
- 12.7% of adolescents had obesity.
- 73.7% of infants were ever breastfed.
- 45.8% of infants were breastfed for at least 6 months.
Overweight and Obesity5
- 15.0% of children aged 2 to 4 years in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program were overweight.
- 13.4% of children aged 2 to 4 years in WIC had obesity.
Georgia worked on the following select activities during the first 2 years of the State Public Health Actions program.
- Developed and maintains a Georgia Early Care Health Advisory Council, through the Georgia Shape initiative, to foster collaboration among early care and education (ECE) state-level stakeholders, including the Department of Early Care and Learning.
- In collaboration with Shape initiative and Health MPowers, authored The Growing Fit Kit: Wellness Policies for Georgia's Early Care Environment and developed associated training and materials to help ECE providers develop or improve nutrition and physical activity standards. As of July 2015, providers at 49 centers across the state were trained.
- Held a Healthy Georgia Youth Summit to train youth and adult leaders on conducting education campaigns and promoting the adoption of physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco practices in schools, park and recreational facilities, and public settings frequented by young people. A total of 122 youths and 56 adults attended the summit.
- Developed and administered a Worksite Health Promotion Policies and Practices: 2014 Georgia Worksite Wellness Pilot Survey to members of the EmployersLikeME organization. EmployersLikeME is an organization of Georgia employers with 1.3 million people who learn from each other about providing better health care for employees at better costs. The survey provides organization members and associated worksites an overview of healthy habits in their worksites and recommendations to improve environments to support healthy behaviors.
- Published a report on the nutrition and physical activity status of Georgia’s youths using Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data.
- US Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Systematic Evidence Review from the Obesity Expert Panel, 2013.
- World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington DC: AICR, 2007
- Finkelstein, EA, Trogdon, JG, Cohen, JW, Dietz, W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: Payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Affairs. 2009;28(5):w822-w831.
- US Census Bureau. State and County QuickFacts 2015 website. Accessed February 22, 2016.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Data, Trends and Maps website. Accessed February 22, 2016.
- Page last reviewed: September 7, 2016
- Page last updated: September 7, 2016
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