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High School

According to the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 16.3% of high school students had obesity and an additional 16% were overweight. The information from YRBSS is based on a survey of participating states and uses self-reported information. State obesity rates among high school students ranged from a low of 10.2% in Utah to a high of 26.9% in West Virginia.

Fast Facts

of high school students in West Virginia had obesity, the highest rate of any state.
Of high school students nationally had obesity.
Of Native American high schoolers had obesity, the highest among all racial and ethnic groups.

About this Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System is a biannual survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, see the Methodology and Data page.

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