The State of Obesity in West Virginia Report: Not a Pretty Picture


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From: State of Obesity
West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the seventh highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17. West Virginia’s adult obesity rate is currently 38.1%, up from 23.9% in 2000 and from 13.7% in 1990. This state profile includes data on adult and childhood obesity, obesity-related health issues, and policy actions West Virginia is taking to prevent and reduce obesity. According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in seven states, 30% in 29 states and 25% in 48 states.
Click here for FULL report of West Virginia.
View adult obesity rates for all states.
This report was released on September 13, 2018.
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The 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit is meeting in Charleston, WV on October 22-24, 2018.
The SOS is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from the 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states are joining forces to fight obesity.
The 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit will be held in Charleston, West Virginia October 22-24, 2018. With a focus on collective impact through the lens of Health Equity; we will explore system impacts:
Where we Live, Work, Learn, Eat, Play and Pray. This Summit will bring together leadership from across the south to share, learn and develop strategies for positive change around obesity prevention.

  • Participants from 16 southern states will convene to publicize effective and emerging obesity prevention practices in the region and energize grassroots efforts in each state.

Click here to register for the Summmit.

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