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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

 

Physical Activity by Education: Adults Aged 25 Years and Over, 2017

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 2017 increased as education level increased.
Less than high school: 8.9%
High school: 15.0%
Some college: 20.2%
Associate's degree: 24.1%
4-year college degree: 31.4%
Advanced degree: 34.5%

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

 

Adult Obesity by Race/Ethnicity, 2013–2016

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

Asian, not Hispanic: 12.5%
White, not Hispanic: 37.1%
Hispanic: 44.9%
Black, not Hispanic: 48.0%

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

 

Physical Activity

In 2017, 24.3% (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%
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%
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 219 years.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 14.5%
18.5% decrease needed

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

 

Daily Vegetable Intake

In 2013–2016, 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
52.6% increase needed

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