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Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity

Disparities by Education Level

Physical Activity

In 2010, the rate of meeting physical activity guidelines for adults with advanced education degrees was more than 4 times the rate for persons with less than a high school education.

Vegetable Intake

In 2001–04, college graduates on average consumed 1 cup of vegetables per day, whereas persons with less than a high school education consumed 20% less.

Disparities by Sex

In 2010, the rate of meeting physical activity guidelines for males was about 1.5 times that for females.

Adult Obesity

2020 Target: 30.6%

Reduce the proportion of adults who are obese.

35.7% 2009–10*
30.6% 2020 Target
14.3% reduction needed

Obesity in Children and Adolescents

2020 Target: 14.6%

Reduce the proportion of children and adolescents age 2 to 19 who are considered obese. 

16.9% 2009–10*
14.6% 2020 Target
13.6% reduction needed

*Target is based on a 4-year estimate, and the most recent (2009–2010) 2-year estimate will be replaced by a 4-year estimate later in the decade.