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Obesity Rates for Youth Ages 10 to 17

Roughly one in six youth have obesity, according to the newest available data. The data, from the National Survey of Children’s Health, show that in 2019-2020, 16.2 percent of youth ages 10 to 17 had obesity. That rate has held steady for the last five years.

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Updated October 2021

Fast Facts

Disparities by race, ethnicity, and income level persist

28.7%

Of non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native youth have obesity, the highest of any of the five racial and ethnic groups studied.

23.1%

Of youth from families in the lowest-income group have obesity, compared to 8.1% of those in families from the highest-income group.

6

States have obesity rates significantly higher than the national rate.

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This data set offers state-by-state youth obesity rates tracked over time since 2016.

About the Data Description

Obesity Rate, Youth Ages 10-17,

Obesity rates, children ages 10 to 17

Note: The year 2016 represents data for just that year, but subsequent years represent combined datasets, i.e., 2017 represents combined 2016-17 data, 2018 represents combined 2017-18 data, etc.

Source: The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) collects information on the health of children in the United States who are 0-17 years old. Parents or caregivers are asked to report their child’s height and weight, which can be used to calculate body-mass index (BMI) for children 10-17 years. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB) funds and directs the NSCH and develops survey content in collaboration with a national technical expert panel and the U.S. Census Bureau, which then conducts the survey on behalf of HRSA MCHB. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation worked with HRSA MCHB to disseminate the latest obesity data.

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