Special Report

States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

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22. Maine
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 14.9%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.8% — 21st lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 42.2% — 21st lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 58.9% — 12th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 70.2% — 15th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 13.8% — 20th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 10.9% — 19th lowest
> Median household income: $58,924 a year — 16th lowest
> Population under 18: 18.3% — 2nd lowest (total under 18 pop: 246,353)

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21. Kansas
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.1%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.7% — 24th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 52.6% — 2nd highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 73.0% — 25th highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 77.3% — 22nd highest
> Child poverty rate: 14.7% — 23rd lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 11.4% — 24th lowest
> Median household income: $62,087 a year — 24th lowest
> Population under 18: 24.0% — 8th highest (total under 18 pop: 700,301)

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20. Illinois
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.2%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.5% — 25th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 49.3% — 9th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 87.9% — 5th highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 89.2% — 2nd highest
> Child poverty rate: 15.7% — 23rd highest
> Overall poverty rate: 11.5% — 25th lowest
> Median household income: $69,187 a year — 17th highest
> Population under 18: 22.2% — 24th highest (total under 18 pop: 2,814,679)

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19. New Mexico
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.2%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.8% — 22nd highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 51.2% — 6th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 75.3% — 22nd highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 70.9% — 16th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 24.9% — 3rd highest
> Overall poverty rate: 18.2% — 3rd highest
> Median household income: $51,945 a year — 6th lowest
> Population under 18: 22.6% — 18th highest (total under 18 pop: 473,850)

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18. Michigan
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.3%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 16.1% — 17th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 45.6% — 20th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 72.5% — 24th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 76.6% — 24th highest
> Child poverty rate: 17.6% — 18th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.0% — 17th highest
> Median household income: $59,584 a year — 19th lowest
> Population under 18: 21.5% — 15th lowest (total under 18 pop: 2,142,822)