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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program (NUPAO)

Obesity Trends

Obesity Trends in Arizona

During the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. In Arizona, the obesity rate has more than doubled for adults and has slowly increased for children as well. The following charts show obesity data for children and adolescents in Arizona.

Percentage of Low Income Children who are Obese in Arizona (Ages 2-5)
Year Arizona
2011 14.5
2010 14.2
2009 14.3
2008 14.6
2007 14.4
2006 13.5
2005 12.8
2004 12.0

Data obtained from the WIC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey

Percentage of Adolescents who are Obese in Arizona (Ages 14-18)
Year Arizona
2009 13.1
2007 11.7
2005 11.9
2003 11.2

Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey

The information below was obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System(BRFSS).

Percentage of Adults who are Obese in Arizona
Year Arizona
2010 25.2
2009 25.9
2008 25.4
2007 25.8
2006 22.9
2005 21.1
2004 21.2
2003 20.1
2002 19.6

Obesity Trends in the United States

The data in the chart below is from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Percentage of Children and Adolescents (2-19) who are Obese in the United States
Ages U.S.
Boys 2-5 10.0
Boys 6-11 21.2
Boys 12-19 20.1
Girls 2-5 10.7
Girls 6-11 18.0
Girls 12-19 16.8

The information below was obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System(BRFSS).

Percentage of Adults who are Obese in the United States
Year United States
2009 27.2
2008 26.6
2007 26.3
2006 25.1
2005 24.4
2004 23.2
2003 22.8
2002 22.2

The information below is from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Percentage of Adults who are Obese in the United States 2009-2010
Population Percent
All Adults 35.7
Adult Females 35.8
Adult Males 35.5