Overweight & Obesity

Slight Drop in Overweight and Obese Students

Overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese adults. A sedentary lifestyle and being overweight are among the primary risk factors for many health problems and premature death. Maintaining a healthy body weight may have positive impacts on physical and mental health, as well as reduce health care costs. This indicator measures the proportion of students in fifth, seventh and ninth grades with an unhealthy body composition (overweight or obese) using the California Department of Education (CDE) Physical Fitness Test. It also measures the weight status of adults.

Overweight and Obesity

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Percentage of Students Overweight or Obese by School District

San Bernardino County, 2018
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Due to unstable data (fewer than 50 students tested), Baker Valley school district is not included in the chart above. Note: Chaffey and Victor represent combined data of the high school districts and their feeder school districts. Chaffey includes Chaffey Joint Union High School District and the elementary districts of Alta Loma, Central, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Mountain View, Mt. Baldy, and Ontario-Montclair. Victor includes Victor Valley Union High School District and the elementary schools Victor, Adelanto, Oro Grande and Helendale. Source: California Department of Education Physical Fitness Test (//data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/)

More than four out of 10 students in San Bernardino County schools are considered overweight or obese:

  • In 2018, an average of 41.1% of San Bernardino County students in the grades tested were overweight or obese (had an unhealthy body composition), compared to 38.9% statewide.
  • This is a slight improvement from 2017 when 41.4% of students in San Bernardino County were overweight or obese.
  • Of the San Bernardino County students with an unhealthy body composition in 2018, 22.1% were considered to be far outside the healthy range (“Needs Improvement – Health Risk” or obese), while the remaining 19.0% were designated as “Needs Improvement” (overweight).
  • Rialto and San Bernardino City school district had the highest proportion of overweight and obese students (48% each).
  • Bear Valley school district had the lowest proportion of overweight and obese students (26%).

Percentage of Children Overweight and Obese

San Bernardino County and California, 2014 – 2018
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Two-thirds of San Bernardino County adults are overweight or obese:

  • In 2017, 38.3% of San Bernardino County adults were considered overweight and 29.2% obese; 31.2% had a healthy body weight.
  • In comparison, 37.5% of adults in California had a healthy body weight.

Weight Status of Adults

San Bernardino County, 2017
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* Data considered unstable and should be interpreted with caution. Source: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research, California Health Interview Survey (www.chis.ucla.edu)

Weight Status of Adults

California, 2017
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Source: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research, California Health Interview Survey (www.chis.ucla.edu)