Adults (Age 18 or older)
|Do not meet physical activity guidlines||77.3%|
|Less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day||72.7%|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, .
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, .
High School Youth (Grades 9–12)
|Do not meet physical activity guidlines for 60 minutes a day||75.9%|
|Less than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day||82.5%|
|Watched 3 or more hours of TV per day||31.3%|
|Dran soda atleast 3 times a day||10%|
Virginia Department of Health. Virginia Youth Survey. 
Middle School Youth (Grades 6-8)
|Do not meet physical activity guidelines for 60 minutes per day||73%|
|Watching 3 or more hours of TV per day||35%|
|Drank soda at least three times a day||4%|
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Virginia Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. 
Obesity-related Monetary Costs in Virginia
|Annual healthcare costs in Virginia related to obesity||$1.6 billion|
|Residents' state & federal tax burden from obesity-related government expenditures||$222 per person *|
|Portion of state budget covering obesity & its health consequences||5.6% *|
Finkelstein, EA, Trogdon, JG, Cohen, JW, and Dietz, W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: Payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Affairs 2009; 28(5): w822-w831
- By 2030, Virginia’s obesity rate will be 49.7 %. With a 5 % reduction in obesity rate, by 2030, Virginia’s rate will be 44.7 %.
- Reducing the average BMI in VA by 5% could save 7.4 percent in health care costs resulting in health care savings of more than $6 billion in 10 years and $18 million in 20 years.
F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America. (Washington, D.C., Trust for America’s Health, September 2012). Accessed at
Annual deaths 112,000
Flegal K, Graubard B, Williamson D, Gail M. Excess Deaths Associated with Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity. JAMA 2005; 293:1861-1867