Overweight & Obesity
Every child deserves a healthy start in life.
Self-reported adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location
Building on previous Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration projects
ECE settings can support healthy eating and physical activity among young children.
Adults with severe obesity are more likely to develop complications from the flu.
CDC’s Obesity efforts focus on policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.
Defining childhood overweight and obesity, facts, causes and health consequences
Defining adult overweight and obesity, facts, causes and health consequences
Obesity prevention strategies to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles
In the Spotlight
We encourage the use of person-first language and respectful images when discussing obesity and other chronic diseases. For example, say “adults with obesity” or “20% of children ages 12-19 have obesity” rather than “obese adults” or “20% of children are obese”.
The Obesity Action Coalition has more information – please see the Guidelines for Media Portrayals of Individuals Affected by Obesitypdf iconexternal icon. [PDF-1.72MB]