Wisconsin Data on Obesity, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

How are we doing?

Adults

Overweight and obesity rates have leveled off across the United States.  Wisconsin statistics are consistent with national averages and show 64% of adults as either overweight or obese.

Obesity Data Wisconsin U.S.
% of adults at normal body weight (BMI between 18-25) 34% 32%
% of adults that are overweight (BMI between 25-30) 37% 36%
% of adults that are obese (BMI between >30) 30% 28%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: BRFSS 2012

Physical Activity Data Wisconsin U.S.
% of adults that participated in enough aerobic exercises to meet guidelines (150 mins/week) 57% 52%
% of adults that participated in enough aerobic (150 mins/week) and muscle strengthening exercises (2x/week) to meet guidelines 22% 21%
% of adults that participated in some activity in the past month 77% 74%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: BRFSS 2011 

Nutrition Data Wisconsin U.S.
% of adults eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day 23% * 23% *

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: BRFSS 2009*

High School Students

Wisconsin students were relatively low in terms of percent overweight or obese compared to national averages, and did better than average on two of the three physical activity measures.

Obesity Data Wisconsin U.S.
% of students that are overweight (BMI between 25-30) 13.0% (14th) 16.6%
% of students that are obese (BMI between >30) 11.6% (6th) 13.7%
% of students either overweight or obese (BMI > 25) 24.6% 30.3%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: YRBS 2013

Physical Activity Data Wisconsin U.S.
% of students that participated in <60 minutes of physical activity in each of the past seven days 12.6% (8th) 15.2%
% of students that participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity in at least five of the past seven days 49.5% (9th) 47.3%
% of students that participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for the past seven days 24.0% (28th) 27.1%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: YRBS 2013

Last Revised: April 21, 2015