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


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


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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