Obesity Facts

Fact Sheets and Data

Overweight and Obesity Fact Sheet (PDF) More than two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and since 1980 obesity have doubled for adults and for children tripled.

Children and Adolescent Overweight Fact Sheet (PDF) The number of overweight children has increased at an alarming rate. Between 1980 and 2007-08, overweight has tripled in youth 6-11 years of age and more than tripled among youth 12-19 years of age.


Obesity: Basic Facts & Figures MNPH Data Access offers a one-stop portal for data on many health conditions, including obesity.

Measuring Overweight and Obesity What is meant by "obese" and "overweight," and how it is different for children.

Minnesota Plan to Reduce Obesity and Obesity-Related Chronic Diseases 2008-2013: Promoting Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Healthy Weight

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984.

Minnesota Student Survey (MSS)
The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is administered every three years to students in grades 6, 9 and 12. The survey was developed as a way to monitor priority risk and protective behaviors among students. The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous on the part of students.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
NHANES is a national source of objectively measured health and nutrition data. Through physical examinations, clinical and laboratory tests, and personal interviews, NHANES provides a "snapshot" of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population.

Environmental Scan of Obesity Prevention Report 2008 (PDF)
Healthy Kids, Healthy Minnesota is a statewide initiative to prevent and reduce childhood overweight and obesity. In conjunction with this initiative, a statewide scan was conducted from June 2007 to August 2007 of current policies and activities that address childhood obesity prevention in Minnesota.

Recommendations to Prevent and Reduce Childhood Obesity in Minnesota 2007 (PDF)
The recommendations outlined in this report were developed through the guidance of the Minnesota Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

Updated Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 02:45PM