Study of High School Students (2017)

According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 14.8 percent of high school students were obese, and an additional 15.6 percent were overweight.1 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 9.5 percent in Colorado to a high of 21.7 percent in Arkansas, with a median of 14.2 percent.

High School Obesity by State,

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Percent of obese high school students

High School Obesity,


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System — United States, 2017.