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Date:4/21/2008

to 46.8%.
  • Hispanics, immigrants who had been in the U.S. for less than 10 years, and the uninsured were the least likely to have had a colorectal cancer screening test.
  • Obesity and Overweight

    • Approximately two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese; the rise in obesity appears to have leveled-off between 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, with 34% of men and 36.4% of women meeting the criteria for obesity in 2005-2006.
    • In the past 20 years, overweight prevalence among U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled, from 5% to 17.1%. Increases have occurred across race, ethnicity, and gender
    • In 2006, the prevalence of obesity across states ranged from 18.3% in Colorado to 31.5% in Mississippi.

    Nutrition and Physical Activity

    • In 2005, 35.8% of U.S. youth were physically active for at least 60 minutes on more than five days per week, and 33% attended physical education classes daily.
    • In 2005, 37.2% of U.S. high school students reported watching three or more hours of television per day.
    • About one in five (20.1%) U.S. high school students ate vegetables and fruits five or more times per day in 2005.
    • Only 24.3% of adults reported eating five or more servings of vegetables and fruit daily in 2005. Across states, prevalence of consuming five or more servings of vegetables and fruit ranged from 15.7% in Oklahoma to 32.2% in the District of Columbia.
    • In 2006, 23.9% of adults reported no leisure-time physical activity. The percentage of adults reporting no leisure-time physical activity ranged from 14.2% in Minnesota to 31.2% in Mississippi.

    UV radiation and protection behaviors

    • More than two-thirds (68.7%) of youth reported getting sunburned during summer months. Sunburn rates were higher in youth with the most sensitive skin type (84.5%) and in girls (71.5%).
    • In a national 2004 survey, a
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    Contact: David Sampson
    david.sampson@cancer.org
    American Cancer Society
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