Troubling Trends Rise in the 2017 CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Study

Kids are consuming less fruits and vegetables
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The Trends in Obesity and Dietary Behaviors survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on U.S. students in grades 9-12 and analyzes changes over time in this age group’s dietary habits. Here are some of the findings from the 2017 survey:

  • In 1999, 4.2 percent reported no vegetable consumption in the seven days preceding the survey. By 2017, that percentage had risen to 7.2 percent.
  • In 1999, 24.9 percent of students had eaten at least three servings of fruit or 100 percent fruit juice in the seven days prior to the survey. In 2017, that percentage had declined to 18.8 percent.
  • In 1999, 10.6 percent of students were defined as “obese;” in 2017, that percentage had risen to 14.8. The percentage of students defined as “overweight” increased from 14.1 in 1999 to 15.6 in 2017.
  • The percentage of students who spent more than three hours each day on computers, phones and/or video games increased from 22.1 percent in 2003 to 43 percent in 2017.

The CDC survey includes information on alcohol, drug and tobacco use; sexual behavior; and more. View the survey and trend fact sheets at


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