Rates and Trends of Childhood Overweight/Obesity in the United States and South Carolina


The goal of this project was to estimate childhood overweight/obesity rates across the United States at the region, state, and county level.

Key Facts

  • The national childhood overweight/obesity prevalence was 30.7%. Four of the nine U.S. regional divisions had prevalence rates higher than the average, with the highest prevalence in the East South Central Division.
  • Micropolitan and rural areas had higher overweight/obesity prevalence rates in the U.S. overall and the East South Central Division.
  • Children in rural South Carolina have higher rates of overweight/obesity (47.9%) than children in South Carolina's urban areas (28.7%).
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Jan Eberth