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What does Childhood obesity look like in Franklin County?
Over 30-percent of children and adolescents in Ohio classified as overweight or obese.

That is true too for Franklin County kids*

  • In March 2011, ODH released the 2004-2010 Third Grade BMI Report, a comprehensive account of state and county level overweight and obesity prevalence among Ohio's third graders.
  • The data in this report will allow ODH to more effectively address the needs of the most vulnerable communities in Ohio. ODH will work together with state and local officials to create healthier communities and give all of Ohio's children the chance to lead healthy lives.
  • The report includes data collected during the 2004-10 school years as part of ODH's state and county-level BMI surveillance effort. It is a result of collaborations between ODH and public elementary schools throughout Ohio. In order to generate accurate county-level estimates, approximately 15,000 children from more than 350 of Ohio's public elementary schools were measured.
  • Over the past three decades, though, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled.
  • Nationally, nearly one in every three children or teenagers is overweight or obese.
  • More than 23 million children and teens in the U.S. are considered obese or overweight.
  • Almost 45% of those overweight children come from low-income families.
  • The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities.
  • Childhood obesity is preventable but only if we work together as a community to change our children's lives and help them learn and grow and fulfill every last bit of their potential.
  • A lifelong commitment to fitness is an essential part of reducing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and many other diseases and illnesses.

*according to the Ohio Department of Health's 2011 BMI report