What is the current prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States?
According to the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), 31.6% of children ages 10-17 are considered overweight or obese. From state to state, however, these numbers vary dramatically. States like Utah and Minnesota have a lower prevalence with 23.1% percent of children considered overweight or obese. In Mississippi, on the other hand, almost 45% of all children are considered either overweight or obese.