West Virginia’s child obesity rate nearly 20 percent in latest report

Brian Skinner Public Health

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WV Metro News — By MetroNews Staff — 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly one-fifth of West Virginia children are obese, as experts link obesity to increased risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) latest report released Wednesday, State of Childhood Obesity: Prioritizing Children’s Health During the Pandemic, 19.6% of children between the ages of 10 and 17 in the Mountain State are obese. That rate is 7th highest in the country.

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