Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Data

How are we doing?

Adults

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

Obesity DataWI DataUS Data
% 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 DataWI DataUS Data
% 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 guidelines22%21%
% of adults that participated in some activity in the past month77%74%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: BRFSS 2011 

Nutrition DataWI DataUS Data
% of adults eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day23% *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 DataWI DataUS Data
% 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 DataWI DataUS Data
% of students that participated in <60 minutes of physical activity in each of the past seven days12.6% (8th)15.2%
% of students that participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity in at least five of the past seven days49.5% (9th)47.3%
% of students that participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for the past seven days24.0% (28th)27.1%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: YRBS 2013

Last Revised: October 20, 2014