Obesity is the result of causal, behavioral factors such as physical inactivity and poor dietary habits. Statewide policies to improve nutrition, exercise, and health in schools and communities are a promising approach to address the primary risk factors of obesity.
- Missouri obesity rates continue to grow with associated costs projected to be $13 billion by 2030.
- Healthy eating habits and physical activity reduce the risk of developing obesity for children and adults.
- Obesity prevention initiatives that educate and develop healthy, active behaviors in childhood might have the greatest chance to reduce obesity rates.
- The prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity is generated from self-report data and can have inherent variability. Individuals may inaccurately report weight and physical activity metrics.
- Missouri has several obesity prevention initiatives; however, the effectiveness of these programs to reduce obesity remains undetermined