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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Many Americans do not eat a healthy diet and are not physically active at levels recommended to maintain proper health. This has contributed to an increase in adult and childhood obesity, which is particularly troubling as obesity puts individuals at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, all of which are among the leading cause of death.
 

Adult Physical Activity by Education, 2012

Adults who meet the guidelines for aerobic physical activity and for muscle-strengthening activity in 2012 increased as education level increased (age adjusted).
 
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.
 
Education
Less than high school: 7.5%
High school: 12.3%
Some college: 18.5%
Associate degree: 21.8%
4 year college degree: 28.7%
Advanced degree: 30.9%
 

Healthy People 2020 Targets

Physical Activity

In 2012, 20.6% of adults aged 18 years and older met the current Federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity (age adjusted).
Most Recent: 20.6% (age adjusted) in 2012
HP2020 Target: 20.1%
Target has been met
 
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS.
 

Adult Obesity

35.3% of adults aged 20 years and older were obese (age adjusted) in 2009-12.
Most Recent: 35.3% (age adjusted) in 2009-12
HP2020 Target: 30.5%
13.6% decrease needed to meet the target
 
Data Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.
 

Daily Vegetable Intake

0.8 cup equivalents of total vegetables per 1,000 calories for persons 2 years and older was the mean daily intake (age adjusted) in 2007–2010.
Most Recent: 0.8% (age adjusted) in 2007–2010.
HP2020 Target: 1.1% 
37.5% increase needed to meet the target
 
Data Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.
 

Obesity in Children and Adolescents

16.9% of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years were considered obese in 2009-12.
Most Recent: 16.9% in 2009-12.
HP2020 Target: 14.5%
14.2% decrease needed to meet the target
 
Data Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.