Obese high school students in the U.S. in 2016-2017, by gender and ethnicity

This statistic shows the results of a survey among U.S. American high school students in grades 9 to 12 on obesity, by gender and ethnicity. The survey was conducted from September 2016 to December 2017 in schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over 22 percent of male student respondents with a Hispanic background stated they were obese.

Percentage of U.S. high school students who were obese in 2016-2017, by gender and ethnicity

All races / ethnicitiesWhite (non-Hispanic)Black (non-Hispanic)Hispanic
Female12.1%10.3%16.7%14%
Male17.5%14.8%19.7%22.2%
Total14.8%12.5%18.2%18.2%
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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

September 2016 to December 2017

Number of respondents

14,956 respondents

Special properties

9–12 graders

Method of interview

Questionnaire

Supplementary notes

* Obesity includes students who were more than 95th percentile for body mass index.
The survey was conducted at all regular public and private schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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