Special Report

States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

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12. South Carolina
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 16.6%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 16.3% — 15th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 36.8% — 16th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 52.2% — 6th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 56.3% — 4th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 19.7% — 9th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.8% — 10th highest
> Median household income: $56,227 a year — 10th lowest
> Population under 18: 21.6% — 16th lowest (total under 18 pop: 1,112,300)

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11. Texas
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 16.9%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 17.8% — 8th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 42.9% — 25th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 78.0% — 19th highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 74.2% — 25th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 19.2% — 12th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.6% — 11th highest
> Median household income: $64,034 a year — 22nd highest
> Population under 18: 25.5% — 2nd highest (total under 18 pop: 7,396,631)

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10. Iowa
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 17.0%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 15.9% — 20th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 49.2% — 10th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 77.8% — 20th highest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 77.1% — 23rd highest
> Child poverty rate: 13.0% — 15th lowest
> Overall poverty rate: 11.2% — 20th lowest
> Median household income: $61,691 a year — 21st lowest
> Population under 18: 22.9% — 17th highest (total under 18 pop: 721,830)

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9. Alabama
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 17.2%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 20.1% — the highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: N/A
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 48.3% — 4th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 53.1% — 2nd lowest
> Child poverty rate: 21.4% — 6th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 15.5% — 7th highest
> Median household income: $51,734 a year — 5th lowest
> Population under 18: 22.1% — 25th highest (total under 18 pop: 1,085,597)

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8. Oklahoma
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 17.6%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 18.1% — 4th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 48.1% — 13th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 47.9% — 3rd lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 64.4% — 10th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 19.9% — 8th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 15.2% — 8th highest
> Median household income: $54,449 a year — 8th lowest
> Population under 18: 24.1% — 7th highest (total under 18 pop: 952,229)