Recent studies have found that the tide of child obesity
is rising faster in rural communities in several states,
including Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Michigan, West
Virginia, and North Carolina. This report examines the
presence of overweight and obesity among children in both
rural and urban settings using the data from a recent
national survey, the 2003 National Survey of Children's
Health (NSCH). In 2003, 30.6% of children aged 10-17
years old were overweight, 14.8% of which were obese.
Rural children (16.5%) were more likely to be obese than
urban children (14.4%).