Overweight and Obesity

Goal: Reduce overweight and obesity by helping people eat healthy and get physical activity.

About 2 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States have obesity,1 and many others are overweight. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping people eat healthy and get enough physical activity to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Obesity is linked to many serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.2 Some racial/ethnic groups are more likely to have obesity, which increases their risk of chronic diseases.3

Culturally appropriate programs and policies that help people eat nutritious foods within their calorie needs can reduce overweight and obesity. Public health interventions that make it easier for people to be more physically active can also help them maintain a healthy weight.

Objective Status

  • 0 Target met or exceeded
  • 0 Improving
  • 4 Little or no detectable change
  • 2 Getting worse
  • 0 Baseline only
  • 1 Developmental
  • 0 Research

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Hales, C.M., Carroll, M.D., Fryar, C.D., & Ogden, C.L. (2017) Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015-2016. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db288.pdf [PDF - 603 KB]


Lauby-Secretan B., et al. (2016). Body Fatness and Cancer — Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group. New England Journal of Medicine, 375(8), 794–798. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1606602


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/managing-overweight-obesity-in-adults [PDF - 6 MB]