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Complete Indicator Profile of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese

Definition

Estimates for non-overweight and non-obese students are based on self-reported height and weight, which are used to generate Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations.

Numerator

Number of high school students who reported that they are neither overweight nor obese

Denominator

Number of high school students responding to the YRBS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since these estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of high school students who are neither overweight nor obese may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. Confidence intervals take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Overweight and obese youth are more at risk to be overweight or obese adults. They are also more likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure?both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The percentage of youth with type 2 diabetes has increased significantly with the rise in overweight and obesity." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2011

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of High School Students
North Carolina 2009 72.0%
North Carolina 2011 71.2%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 79.2%
HNC 2020 Target 2011 79.2%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

N.C. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, N.C. Department of Public Instruction 



Percentage of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Race/Ethnicity, 2011

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Race/Ethnicity Percentage of High School Students
Black 63.0%
Hispanic/Latino 67.6%
White 76.1%
All other races 73.9%
Multiple races 62.6%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis. 



Percentage of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Sex, 2011

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Sex Percentage of High School Students
Male 69.8%
Female 72.7%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis. 



Percentage of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Age, 2011

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Age Percentage of High School Students
15 or younger 69.9%
16 or 17 70.3%
18 or older 77.0%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis. 



Percentage of High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese by Grade, 2011

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Grade Percentage of High School Students
9th 68.3%
10th 71.5%
11th 70.2%
12th 77.0%

Data Notes

BMI is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m*m). BMI is an intermediate variable used in defining overweight and obesity. Underweight indicates BMI is less than 18.5, Recommended Range indicates BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, Overweight indicates BMI is 25.0 to 29.9 and Obese indicates BMI is 30.0 or greater. The YRBS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis. 

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 05/06/2013
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