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Indicator 3:

High school students
with unhealthy weight

vs. Georgia

What does it measure?

Percentage of high school students in Chatham County who are not of healthy weight, based on their Body Mass Index (BMI) for the appropriate age and gender percentiles in 2010 and 2012. Persons are characterized as being of unhealthy weight if their BMI is equal or greater than the 85th percentile of BMI's for high school students based on the Center for Diseases Control growth charts for school age males and females in the U.S.  Individuals whose BMI is at or above the 95th percentile are considered to be obese. The data were collected by means of a county-wide survey conducted by the Armstrong Atlantic State University Public Service Center.

Why is it important?

This measure provides data about healthy lifestyle outcomes among high school aged children. Weight outcomes depend primarily on choices made about activity lifestyle and food intake. Childhood obesity has been linked to serious medical conditions both during childhood and later in life and has negative effects on the social and psychological development of children. The Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fatness based on weight, height, age and gender. The measure accounts for size and growth patterns among children of high school age.

How are we doing?

The percentage of high school aged children in Chatham County who are unhealthily overweight was 24.9% in 2010 and increased to 34.6% in 2012. In Georgia in 2011, the rate was 34.8%. In Chatham County, the rate was higher among females compared to males (37.5% vs. 23.5%) and among African Americans compared to whites (37.5% vs. 16%). The data indicates an increasing incidence of unhealthy weight among high school students in Chatham County from 2010 to 2012.

Source: AASU Public Service Center