Overweight & Obesity
CDC’s Obesity efforts focus on policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.
Latest statistics on U.S. obesity, maps , interactive databases and data systems
Defining childhood overweight and obesity, facts, causes and health consequences
Strategies and Initiatives to make healthier foods more accessible to everyone
Defining adult overweight and obesity, facts, causes and health consequences
Reports, prevention strategies and guidelines, fact sheets, social media tools
Obesity prevention strategies to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles
Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.
Check out the latest state initiatives and news related to nutrition, physical activity, overweight and obesity.
We encourage the use of person-first language (e.g., “adults with obesity” or “20% of children ages 12-19 have obesity” and not “obese adults” nor “20% of children are obese”) when discussing topics like obesity and other chronic diseases, as well as respectful images.
The Obesity Action Coalition has more information – please see the Guidelines for Media Portrayals of Individuals Affected by Obesitypdf iconexternal icon.