Florida's childhood obesity problem is the 13th worst nationwide


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There's an obesity problem among children in Florida – in fact, 16.9 percent of Sunshine State youngsters between age 10 and 17 are considered obese, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Nationally, children in the same age group reported a 15.8 percent rate of obesity. That means Florida has the nation's 13th highest rate of childhood obesity, the 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children's Health found. The report, which analyzed national health data on children in all 50 states and the District of Columbia up to 17 years old, was released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Per the report, Mississippi was the only state that had a extremely high rate, with 26.1 percent, the researchers note.

Across the U.S., the percentage of children and teenagers dealing with obesity issues has more than tripled since the 1970s, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention found.

Beyond that, it's a global issue. Between 1990 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization, the number of obese infants and children as old as 5 years jumped from 32 to 41 million.

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