Special Report

States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

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27. Rhode Island
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.3%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.6% — 18th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 41.3% — 19th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 74.3% — 23rd highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 83.9% — 10th highest
> Child poverty rate: 14.0% — 21st lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 10.8% — 18th lowest
> Median household income: $71,169 a year — 15th highest
> Population under 18: 19.2% — 4th lowest (total under 18 pop: 203,575)

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26. Connecticut
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.9% — 22nd lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 44.0% — 23rd highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 68.8% — 18th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 76.2% — 25th highest
> Child poverty rate: 14.1% — 22nd lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 10.0% — 12th lowest
> Median household income: $78,833 a year — 6th highest
> Population under 18: 20.4% — 8th lowest (total under 18 pop: 727,432)

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25. Wisconsin
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.5%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.6% — 19th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 48.7% — 12th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 70.3% — 21st lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 78.9% — 20th highest
> Child poverty rate: 13.5% — 19th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 10.4% — 16th lowest
> Median household income: $64,168 a year — 21st highest
> Population under 18: 21.7% — 17th lowest (total under 18 pop: 1,263,412)

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24. Alaska
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.8%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.0% — 23rd lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 41.4% — 20th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 68.8% — 18th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 73.0% — 21st lowest
> Child poverty rate: 13.0% — 15th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 10.1% — 13th lowest
> Median household income: $75,463 a year — 12th highest
> Population under 18: 24.6% — 4th highest (total under 18 pop: 179,749)

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23. Virginia
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.8%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.8% — 21st highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 42.3% — 23rd lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 65.5% — 15th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 69.8% — 14th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 13.4% — 18th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 9.9% — 11th lowest
> Median household income: $76,456 a year — 10th highest
> Population under 18: 21.8% — 18th lowest (total under 18 pop: 1,857,605)