Child Food Insecurity and Obesity Rates in 2011, by State
November 21, 2013
More than 22 percent of children (or nearly 17 million children) in the United States live in households reporting conditions of food insecurity. Among children ages 12-17, approximately 18 percent are obese and almost 5 percent are both obese and food insecure. Childhood food insecurity and obesity exist everywhere in the United States, but there are regional differences. The most food-insecure states are located in the South and the West. Indeed, with the exception of Ohio, all of the states with child food insecurity rates above 25 percent are located in these two regions. This pattern largely holds for childhood obesity rates, with states in the South having some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country; seven of the ten states with the highest rates of childhood obesity are located in the South. This chart shows the child food insecurity rates in every state in 2011. Click here for a table of child food insecurity rates and child obesity rates (for children ages 12-17) by state.