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Teens who are Obese

This indicator shows the percentage of high school students who are obese (i.e., >= 95th percentile for body mass index, by age and sex, based on reference data). The BMI is calculated by taking a person's weight and dividing it by their height squared in metric units. (BMI = Weight (Kg)/[Height (m) ^ 2] )

Teens who are Obese

14.5
16.8
Comparison: FL Counties 

15.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Hillsborough

Located in:
  • Region: Tampa Bay
  • State: Florida

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Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 65 Florida counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2012
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Why is this important?

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. Obese and overweight children and adolescents are at risk for multiple health problems during their youth and as adults. Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. In a recent study, it was found that nearly 80% of children who were overweight as teenagers were obese adults at age 25. Obese and overweight youth are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight helps to prevent and control multiple chronic diseases and improves quality of life.

Teens who are Obese : Time Series

2008: 9.5 2010: 11.7 2012: 15.8

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Teens who are Obese

Comparison: Prior Value 

15.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Hillsborough

Located in:
  • Region: Tampa Bay
  • State: Florida

View Every County

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Health / Diabetes
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2012

Why is this important?

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. Obese and overweight children and adolescents are at risk for multiple health problems during their youth and as adults. Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. In a recent study, it was found that nearly 80% of children who were overweight as teenagers were obese adults at age 25. Obese and overweight youth are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight helps to prevent and control multiple chronic diseases and improves quality of life.

Teens who are Obese : Time Series

2008: 9.5 2010: 11.7 2012: 15.8

percent

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Create Indicator Comparison Report