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 Addressing obesity in DuPage County

FORWARD calls for community action with release of latest DuPage obesity data

FORWARD, a countywide, public-private partnership promoting increased healthy eating and physical activity in DuPage County, has released its most recent publication on the rates of obesity in DuPage County, titled “Addressing Obesity in DuPage County: What You Can Do.” What the Data Say:

  • DuPage obesity rates among kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade public school students have declined slightly since 2011-2012.
  • Still, one in seven (15.1 percent) kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade public school students in DuPage County is obese; 44 percent of obese children had elevated blood pressure.
  • The DuPage obesity rate for 2-4 year olds enrolled in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) (20.3 percent) and the DuPage kindergartener obesity rate (14.3 percent) both exceed the national rate for 2-5 year olds (8.4 percent), stressing the need for early intervention.
  • One in four (26.4 percent) adults in DuPage County identified as obese. An additional 33.5 percent (one in three) identified as overweight.

Obese children and adults may experience increased risk for health problems, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and bone and joint problems. In addition, obesity in children and adults may be associated with depression, poor selfesteem, lower test scores, increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased injury. Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Obese adults may also experience greater risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, osteoarthritis, and gallbladder disease.

Everyone can and must take action to impact their health and help reduce these rates by increasing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. Visit for recommendations for child care settings, healthcare facilities, municipalities, parents, schools, and worksites. Contact FORWARD for assistance getting started.

Since 2010, FORWARD has collected 126,105 de-identified public and private school student records with over 80 percent public school class participation for the past four consecutive academic years. FORWARD is beginning data collection for the 2015-2016 school year. The latest report is available at

FORWARD’s goal is to implement change by identifying resources, harnessing expertise, promoting education, and advancing opportunities for lasting policy, system, and environmental change to reverse the obesity trend.

For more tools and resources, visit or follow FORWARD on Twitter ( or Facebook (

Read the report by clicking here: DuPageObesity2015


About Grow Healthy Villa Park

In November 2011, the Tri-Town YMCA was selected to participate in the Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative to empower community leaders with strategies to increase healthy choices for all community members. These local leaders are creating policy and environmental changes that promote healthy lifestyles and make the healthy choice the easy choice in all of the places where people live, work, play, pray, and learn.
The primary goal of Grow Healthy Villa Park is to eliminate barriers that are preventing kids, individuals and families from leading healthier lives.


To develop a community that nurtures longer, healthier lives by promoting healthy choices and learning opportunities that are affordable and accessible to all.