Approximately one of every four children ages 2 to 5 years in the United States has a high (>85th percentile) body mass index and about one in 10 is obese (>95th percentile). North Carolina ranks 5th worst in the US for childhood obesity.
How many people are affected by food insecurity?
An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, according to the USDA. In North Carolina, 25% of children live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year 2012.