More Students are Overweight or Obese
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.
How is San Bernardino County Doing?
Approximately two out of five students in San Bernardino County schools are considered overweight or obese:
- In 2017, an average of 41.4% 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 an increase from 2016 when 40.1% of students in San Bernardino County were overweight or obese.
- Of the San Bernardino County students with an unhealthy body composition in 2017, 22.0% were considered to be far outside the healthy range (“Needs Improvement – Health Risk” or obese), while the remaining 19.4% were designated as “Needs Improvement” (overweight).
- San Bernardino City school district had the highest proportion of overweight students (48.2%).
- Silver Valley World school district had the lowest proportion of overweight students (22.5%).
Seventy-one percent of San Bernardino County adults are overweight or obese:
- In 2016, 34.8% of San Bernardino County adults were considered overweight and 36.0% obese; 27.5% had a healthy body weight.
- In comparison, 35.4% of adults in California had a healthy body weight.