Information provided by the most recent 2009 F as in Fat report, released by the Trust for America's Health, shows mixed findings for North Carolina's youth. In the past two years, North Carolina has been ranked 5th worst in Obesity and Overweight Rates of children age 10-17 but this year we move down NINE spots to 14th. Is this because our children are becoming more healthy? Are they eating better and being more physically active? Are we changing the culture and infrastructure through initiatives and policies? There is no clear answer to these questions and the most likely and educated guess is "not really." Although North Carolina's childhood obesity and overweight ranking has improved, the percentage of children ages 10-17 who are found to be obese or overweight are increasing - 19.3% (2007), 19.3% (2008) and 33.5% (2009). In relation to the rest of the nation, we are about 1.8% higher than the national average of 31.7%.
So, the bottom line... We're still getting fatter! Other state's childhood obesity and overweight rates are growing faster and to a greater extent than North Carolina's but we still have a lot of work to do if we want to decrease the growing percentage of children who are categorized as obese and overweight.