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Obesity Statistics

North Carolina is one of the most obese states in the nation. N.C. ranks 14th most obese state for adults and 11th most obese state for children.

(Source: Trust for America’s Health, 2011 F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future)

Children and Youth

According to 2012 NC Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance System (NCNPASS) data, Wake County’s youngest children are among the most overweight and obese in the state. (This data is measured in health department clinics, but reflects children of lower socioeconomic status.)

  • Overweight 2- t0 4-year olds in Wake County: 14.7%
  • Obese 2 to 4-year olds in Wake County: 14.5%

According to 2009 NCNPASS data, the latest for Wake County data, which is also measured in WCHS clinics:

  • Overweight and Obese 5- to 11-year olds:
    Wake County: 43.2%
  • Overweight and Obese 12 to 18-year olds:
    Wake County: 49.5%


According to 2010 NC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data

  • Overweight
    Wake County: 35.5%
    North Carolina: 37.2%
  • Obese
    Wake County: 24.4%
    North Carolina: 29.3%

The Healthy NC 2020 Goal is that 38.8% of adults will be neither overweight nor obese. Right now in Wake County, we exceed that goal, at 40.2%.

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