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Teens who are Overweight or Obese

This indicator shows the percentage of high school students who are overweight or obese. Using body mass index reference data by age and sex, overweight is categorized as >=85th percentile but <95th percentile and obese is >95th percentile. The BMI is calculated by taking a person's weight and dividing it by their height squared in metric units. (BMI = Weight (Kg)/[Height (m) ^ 2] )

Teens who are Overweight or Obese

30.3
23.4
Comparison: U.S. Value 

23.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2013

State: Arizona

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the national value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014

Why is this important?

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. Obese and overweight children and adolescents are at risk for multiple health problems during their youth and as adults. Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. In a recent study, it was found that nearly 80% of children who were overweight as teenagers were obese adults at age 25. Obese and overweight youth are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight helps to prevent and control multiple chronic diseases and improves quality of life.

Teens who are Overweight or Obese : Time Series

2003: 25.0 2005: 25.5 2007: 25.9 2009: 27.7 2011: 24.6 2013: 23.4

percent

Teens who are Overweight or Obese by Gender

Female: 19.1 Male: 27.5 Overall: 23.4

percent

Teens who are Overweight or Obese by Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino: 28.8 White: 15.0 Overall: 23.4

percent

Teens who are Overweight or Obese

Comparison: Prior Value 

23.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2013

State: Arizona

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: July 2014

Why is this important?

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. Obese and overweight children and adolescents are at risk for multiple health problems during their youth and as adults. Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. In a recent study, it was found that nearly 80% of children who were overweight as teenagers were obese adults at age 25. Obese and overweight youth are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight helps to prevent and control multiple chronic diseases and improves quality of life.

Teens who are Overweight or Obese : Time Series

2003: 25.0 2005: 25.5 2007: 25.9 2009: 27.7 2011: 24.6 2013: 23.4

percent

Teens who are Overweight or Obese by Gender

Female: 19.1 Male: 27.5 Overall: 23.4

percent

Teens who are Overweight or Obese by Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino: 28.8 White: 15.0 Overall: 23.4

percent