Overweight and Obesity


of Idaho adults are obese


of Idaho adults are overweight 


of Idaho high school students are obese 


of Idaho youth age 10-17 are obese 

Obesity and Public Health
The health and economic burdens of chronic conditions and their associated risk factors require public health agencies to establish obesity and associated chronic diseases as health priorities. Obesity can lead to additional chronic conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and some cancers.

The department understands the critical importance of addressing childhood obesity using a life-course approach to health. Not only will addressing childhood obesity positively impact child obesity trends, but these interventions can also reduce unintentional injury among children and decrease health risks later in life, such as adult obesity and chronic conditions.(1,2)

Chronic conditions linked to obesity include:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Hypertension

  • Stroke

  • Arthritis

  • Depression

  • Fertility issues

  • Some types of cancer

The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) Program, housed within the Division of Public Health, has been working on obesity prevention initiatives since 2008. The initiatives include childhood obesity prevention in Early Care and Education (ECE), nutrition and physical activity in schools, safe routes to schools, worksite wellness, community accessibility (walkability/bikeability) and food insecurity.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, 2020 URL: www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/index.html

  2. The State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America, Trust of America’s Health, 2019. URL: www.tfah.org/report-details/the-state-of-obesity-2018

  3. State of Childhood Obesity Report, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2019. stateofchildhoodobesity.org

  4. 2019 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Idaho Department of Education, 2020.

  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. BRFSS Prevalence & Trends Data [online]. 2015. [accessed Sep 02, 2020]. URL: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence/.

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