Obesity is a complex, serious, and costly public health issue that affects two out of three South Carolina adults and one out of three South Carolina children. Obesity is linked to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. The economic cost of obesity in South Carolina is estimated to be $8.5 billion per year and growing. The main risk factors for obesity and other chronic conditions include poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.
The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control works with partners across the state to address nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and other chronic conditions. These efforts include direct education, lifestyle interventions, and policy, systems, and environmental changes.