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Obesity Rates among High School Students

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 9.8% in Utah to a high of 23.4% in Mississippi.

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Updated September 2020

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23.4%

Mississippi had the highest obesity rate among high school students than any other state.

15.5%

Of high school students had obesity, according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

21.3%

Native American high schoolers had obesity, the highest among all racial and ethnic groups.

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High School Obesity by State,

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Percent of obese high school students

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