Tennessee has the 6th highest rate of childhood obesity in the United States. 20.6% of children in the state are considered obese, according to Trust for America’s Health report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010.
In addition, a 2007 survey found that 36.5% of youth in Tennessee are either overweight or obese. (2007 National Survey of Children's Health, www.nschdata.org.)
During the last few school years, Tennessee’s Coordinated School Health staff collected thousands of Tennessee students’ BMI measurements. The data was analyzed to ensure it was representative of the overall student population in the state. The data indicates 21.9% of Tennessee students are considered obese.
For the 2007-2008 school year, 40.9% of youth were classified as overweight or obese. In some Tennessee counties, that rate is as high as 52%. However, In 2008-2009 school year, the rate dropped to 39% of students. This drop represents over 8000 more students are at a healthy weight compared to the previous year.