- Texas ranked 2nd highest in nation after California with 1,751,000 children living in poverty1
- The CDC lists two main causes for the obesity epidemic: an increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients; and a decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization1
- Texas is ranked 6th in the nation for childhood obesity2
- 23% of students surveyed said that they drink more than 2 sodas per day, while 22% reported eating fast food three or more times per week1
- 77% of students get fewer than 60 minutes of exercise per day, compared with the 72% who reported spending 2 or more hours in front of a screen on a daily basis1
- Texas teens drink more soda, watch more television, and have fewer family meals than the national average by around 3% in each category1
- Latino children have been the primary targets of obesity epidemic; in 2007 it was revealed that 46% of Latino children in Texas were obese, as opposed to 26% and 23% for Black and White children, respectively1
- Food deserts are neighborhoods that lack grocery store or healthy produce available for purchase1
- In the Houston area, the ratio of supermarkets to people is 1:12,000, much higher than the national ratio of 1:8,6001
- Within Houston, areas as large as 10 miles have been identified as containing only a single food source: gas stations that sell tobacco, alcohol, and fatty snacks1
- Studies show that students who eat breakfast at school are more likely to meet or exceed dietary vitamin and mineral recommendations. However, the free school breakfast program is underutilized; for every 100 children who eat free or reduced-price lunch, just 56 eat free or reduced-priced breakfast1
- In Harris County, 29% of adults are obese and 23% are physically inactive3
- In 2009-2010, more than a third (35.7%) of U.S. adults and 17% of U.S. children and adolescents were obese and adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults4
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was \$147 billion in 2008; the medical costs for people who are obese were \$1,429 higher than those of normal weight5
- Among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those with higher incomes are more likely to be obese than those with low incomes5
- Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low income women5
- There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, there is a trend – those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women5
Healthy Living Matters
State of Obesity
- Children at Risk. Growing Up in Houston 2012-2014, Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children. Children at Risk, 2012.
- “Physical Health.” Children at Risk. Children at Risk, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.
- “Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative Health Equity Assessment 2012.” The City of Houston. Houston Department of Health and Human Services, 2012. Web. 15 Sept 2014.
- Ogden, CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009-2010. NCHS Data Brief, No 82. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012.
- “Overweight and Obesity: Adult Obesity Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 9 Sept 2014. Web. 12 Sept 2014.