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Obesity among High School Students by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2009 to 2019

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  • **Rate does not meet National Center for Health Statistics standards of statistically reliability for presentation (RSE >=23% and n<20).

Why Is This Important?

Obesity has more than tripled among children and adolescents since the 1970s.^[ 1]^


Percent of high school students who were obese (greater than or equal to the 95th percentile for body mass index, by age and sex)

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective NF-1b. Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2009 Asian sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate. 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Source

New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of high school students whose body mass index was greater than or equal to the 95th percentile for Body Mass Index (BMI) for their age and gender
  • Denominator:

    Total number of high school students surveyed

Data Issues

In 2015 and 2017, the New Jersey Student Health Survey was unable to obtain the number of student responses needed to reach the 60% response rate required by the CDC to be able to weight the data to be representative of the New Jersey high school student population.

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Indicator Data Last Updated On 10/26/2020, Published on 06/06/2024
Office of Nutrition and Fitness, Division of Community Health, New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, NJ 08625 (