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3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503
Fax: 907.269.5446
obesity@alaska.gov

Obesity Prevention and Control Program - Home:

Obesity continues to be a serious health concern in Alaska. In 2015, 67% of adults were overweight or obese and about one in every three Alaska kids are overweight or obese. Obese kids are more likely to grow up to be obese adults. Obese children and adults are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers. Each year, obesity-related medical expenses cost an estimated $459 million in Alaska. About 25 percent of that cost is paid with funds through Medicare and Medicaid programs.

  • 31% of Alaskan high school students are overweight or obese; 14% are classified as obese (2015)
  • 45% of Alaskan high school students drink one of more soda or sugary drink each day (2015)
  • 52% of Alaskan high school students watch TV, videos, or use a computer for non-academic reasons for three or more hours of each day (2015)
  • 79% of Alaskan high school students do not meet the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes every day (2015)
  • 76% of Alaskan adults do not meet the aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity recommendation (2015)

There is no single strategy that will reduce obesity and its associated health and economic consequences. Meaningful reduction of obesity prevalence will only occur when a set of sustained, comprehensive prevention strategies are implemented by schools, the health care sector, private industry, NGOs, governmental agencies, and individual families.

These strategies will need to address policy issues; alter the environment in which we live, play and eat; modify the systems to make the healthy choice the easy choice; and increase the knowledge and change the behaviors of families, children and individuals. If it takes a village to raise a child, it will take the efforts of the entire state to reverse obesity.