About 18.5% (13.7 million) of children and adolescents in the United States are obese, according to a 2017 report issued by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics. Childhood obesity occurs when a child is “well above the normal or healthy weight for his or her age and height.” Behavior, genetics, and a child’s community can affect how much or how little a child weighs.
The , opens new window has information about childhood obesity in each county and makes available links to key information, such as from , opens new window and , opens new window.
If you feel your child is overweight or obese, our Community Management Department can connect you with resources in your community. Call us at 813-392-5303 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastern time.