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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Physical Activity by Education: Adults Aged 25 Years and Over, 2016

The proportion (age adjusted) of adults aged 25 years and over who met the guidelines for aerobic physical activity and for muscle-strengthening activity in 2016 increased as education level increased.
Less than high school: 8.9%
High school: 13.2%
Some college: 19.5%
Associate degree: 23.4%
4-year college degree: 29.9%
Advanced degree: 32.8%

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

Adult Obesity by Race/Ethnicity, 2013–2016

The obesity rate (age adjusted) for black non-Hispanic adults aged 20 years and over was more than 3.5 times the rate for Asian non-Hispanic adults.

Asian non-Hispanic: 12.5%
White non-Hispanic: 37.1%
Hispanic: 44.9%
Black non-Hispanic: 48.0%

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

Physical Activity

In 2016, 22.5% (age adjusted) of adults aged 18 years and over met the current federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 20.1%
Most Recent (2016): 22.5% (age adjusted)
Target has been met.

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.

Adult Obesity

In 2013–2016, the rate of obesity was 38.6% among adults aged 20 years and over (age adjusted).
Healthy People 2020 Target: 30.5%
Most Recent (2013–2016): 38.6% (age adjusted)
21.0% decrease needed

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

Obesity in Children and Adolescents

In 2013–2016, the rate of obesity was 17.8% among children and adolescents aged 2–19 years.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 14.5%
Most Recent (2013–2016): 17.8%
18.5% decrease needed

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

Daily Vegetable Intake

In 2011–2014, the mean daily intake for persons aged 2 years and over was 0.76 cup equivalents of total vegetables per 1,000 calories (age adjusted).
Healthy People 2020 Target: 1.16 cup equivalent per 1,000 calories
Most Recent (2011–2014): 0.76 cup equivalent per 1,000 calories (age adjusted)
52.7% increase needed

Data source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.