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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being. A healthful diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also are important to preventing and managing many health conditions so they do not worsen over time.

 

Physical Activity

In 2015, 21.4% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 years and over met the current Federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity.
Most Recent: 21.4% (age adjusted)
HP2020 Target: 20.1%
Target has been met.
Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

 

Adult Obesity

In 2011–2014, the rate of obesity was 36.2% among adults aged 20 years and over (age adjusted).
Most Recent: 36.2% (age adjusted)
HP2020 Target: 30.5%
15.7% decrease needed.
Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

 

Obesity in Children and Adolescents

In 2011–2014, the rate of obesity was 17.0% among children and adolescents aged 2–19 years.
Most Recent: 17.0%
HP2020 Target: 14.5%
14.7% decrease needed.
Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

 

Daily Vegetable Intake

In 2009–2012, 0.77 cup equivalents of total vegetables per 1,000 calories for persons aged 2 years and over was the mean daily intake (age adjusted).
Most Recent: 0.77 cup equivalent per 1,000 calories (age adjusted)
HP2020 Target: 1.16 cup equivalent per 1,000 calories
50.6% increase needed.
Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.