Special Report

States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

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17. Pennsylvania
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.5% — 17th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 42.4% — 25th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 72.7% — 25th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 81.8% — 14th highest
> Child poverty rate: 16.9% — 20th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 12.0% — 22nd highest
> Median household income: $63,463 a year — 23rd highest
> Population under 18: 20.6% — 10th lowest (total under 18 pop: 2,632,325)

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16. North Carolina
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 16.0% — 19th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 42.3% — 23rd lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 55.2% — 8th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 56.7% — 6th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 19.5% — 11th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.6% — 12th highest
> Median household income: $57,341 a year — 12th lowest
> Population under 18: 21.9% — 22nd lowest (total under 18 pop: 2,293,972)

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15. California
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 15.9%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.2% — 24th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 51.7% — 3rd highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 89.9% — 2nd highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 87.5% — 6th highest
> Child poverty rate: 15.6% — 24th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 11.8% — 25th highest
> Median household income: $80,440 a year — 5th highest
> Population under 18: 22.5% — 20th highest (total under 18 pop: 8,891,064)

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14. Hawaii
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 16.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 14.4% — 16th lowest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 36.6% — 15th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 80.1% — 14th highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 87.2% — 7th highest
> Child poverty rate: 12.4% — 13th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 9.3% — 6th lowest
> Median household income: $83,102 a year — 4th highest
> Population under 18: 21.2% — 14th lowest (total under 18 pop: 300,187)

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13. Louisiana
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 16.5%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 17.8% — 7th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 35.3% — 14th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 56.5% — 9th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 59.0% — 9th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 27.0% — 2nd highest
> Overall poverty rate: 19.0% — 2nd highest
> Median household income: $51,073 a year — 4th lowest
> Population under 18: 23.3% — 11th highest (total under 18 pop: 1,084,886)