Obesity Rates among High School Students

Updated September 2020: According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 15.5% of high school students had obesity and an additional 16.1% 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 10.3% in Colorado to a high of 23.4% in Mississippi, with a median of 14.8%.

There were differences among Native American (21.3%), Asian (6.5%), Black (21.1%), Latino (19.2%), white (13.1%), and multiple-race students (15.6%). These were all the racial and ethnic groups for which obesity rate data were reported.

High School Obesity by State,

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Percent of obese high school students