1 in 3 childs in Texas is overweight or obese
Nearly 27 million people call the state of Texas home, making it the second largest and most populous state in the U.S. Over its more than 260,000 square miles,* Texas landscapes flow from arid deserts to prairies, forests, and a rich coastline that feeds into the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite the state’s scenic landscapes, it bears a less flattering attribute: Texas is the first most obese state in the U.S. for children. More than 1 in 3 children and adolescents in Texas is obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Additionally, the significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among U.S. children are pronounced in Texas’s diverse communities: Nearly 39 percent of the state’s residents are Hispanic or Latino.*
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The JPB Foundation and Target, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau