Obesity Factsheets

These Factsheets are a resource that makes relevant data more readily available to local advocates and decision makers. NICHQ’s Obesity Factsheets provide the most recent national, state, and county-based data regarding childhood overweight and obesity prevalence and the environmental and behavioral factors that influence health. There are two kinds of Factsheets available: State Factsheets and County Factsheets (categorized by state).

  • State Factsheets (now available) offer information specific to your state on a variety of policy issues impacting (and being impacted by) childhood obesity, such as overall prevalence rates compared with other states and disparities/variations by race, insurance, and income level.
  • County Factsheets (now available) compare healthy lifestyle indicators in one county to those of the entire state and its best-performing counties. They offer information on overall population health as well as socioeconomic factors that determine the resources available for health.

Click on your state to see the Factsheets!


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  • Data for the State Factsheets were collected from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health and analysis by the CAHMI’s Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (www.childhealthdata.org).
  • Data for the County Factsheets were collected from two sources: the County Health Rankings and the Food Environment Atlas. The County Health Rankings data are compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute through a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/). The Food Environment Atlas is a project of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) that sources data from the U.S. Census and the USDA (http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas/).

Click here for both the 2003 and 2007 State Fact Sheets.