Special Report

States Where Children Are Struggling With Obesity

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7. Georgia
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 18.3%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 18.1% — 5th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: N/A
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 57.7% — 10th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 68.0% — 12th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 18.7% — 14th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.3% — 14th highest
> Median household income: $61,980 a year — 22nd lowest
> Population under 18: 23.6% — 9th highest (total under 18 pop: 2,503,029)

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6. Kentucky
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 18.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 17.8% — 9th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 40.6% — 18th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 61.2% — 13th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 58.8% — 8th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 21.7% — 5th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 16.3% — 4th highest
> Median household income: $52,295 a year — 7th lowest
> Population under 18: 22.4% — 22nd highest (total under 18 pop: 1,001,825)

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5. Missouri
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 18.4%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 16.1% — 18th highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 46.2% — 18th highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 68.2% — 16th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 71.2% — 17th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 17.1% — 19th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 12.9% — 18th highest
> Median household income: $57,409 a year — 13th lowest
> Population under 18: 22.4% — 23rd highest (total under 18 pop: 1,372,695)

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4. Tennessee
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 20.9%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 18.3% — 3rd highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 44.1% — 22nd highest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 47.8% — 2nd lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 58.1% — 7th lowest
> Child poverty rate: 19.7% — 9th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 13.9% — 9th highest
> Median household income: $56,071 a year — 9th lowest
> Population under 18: 22.1% — 25th lowest (total under 18 pop: 1,510,752)

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3. Arkansas
> Youth (9th-12th grade) obesity rate: 22.1%
> Share of youths who are overweight: 19.8% — 2nd highest
> Physically active youths, 5+ days a week: 35.1% — 12th lowest
> Communities built to promote physical activity: 52.3% — 7th lowest
> Children (2-19) with easy access to parks and playgrounds: 55.1% — 3rd lowest
> Child poverty rate: 22.1% — 4th highest
> Overall poverty rate: 16.2% — 5th highest
> Median household income: $48,952 a year — 3rd lowest
> Population under 18: 23.2% — 15th highest (total under 18 pop: 699,012)