Health
Overweight or Obese Students
Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Overweight or Obese Students
2016
Arkansas County44%
Ashley County40%
Baxter County37%
Benton County35%
Boone County39%
Bradley County47%
Calhoun County46%
Carroll County41%
Chicot County58%
Clark County44%
Clay County45%
Cleburne County36%
Cleveland County40%
Columbia County42%
Conway County38%
Craighead County38%
Crawford County36%
Crittenden County41%
Cross County46%
Dallas County46%
Desha County44%
Drew County41%
Faulkner County35%
Franklin County39%
Fulton County41%
Garland County37%
Grant County38%
Greene County40%
Hempstead County45%
Hot Spring County39%
Howard County45%
Independence County43%
Izard County35%
Jackson County48%
Jefferson County42%
Johnson County44%
Lafayette County42%
Lawrence County46%
Lee County50%
Lincoln County45%
Little River County41%
Logan County41%
Lonoke County36%
Madison County38%
Marion County40%
Miller County40%
Mississippi County44%
Monroe County37%
Montgomery County38%
Nevada County47%
Newton County40%
Ouachita County46%
Perry County39%
Phillips County47%
Pike County39%
Poinsett County43%
Polk County40%
Pope County39%
Prairie County45%
Pulaski County38%
Randolph County43%
St. Francis County43%
Saline County37%
Scott County37%
Searcy County47%
Sebastian County39%
Sevier County46%
Sharp County41%
Stone County33%
Union County41%
Van Buren County40%
Washington County39%
White County39%
Woodruff County46%
Yell County44%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement







STATE TREND

Increasing


39%

2016

What does this measure?

The percentage of students who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is at or above the 85th percentile for their age and gender. The index is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. Children are considered overweight if their BMI is at or above the 85th percentile for their age and gender, and they are considered obese at or above the 95th percentile.

Why is this important?

Overweight children are at greater risk for many health problems, including high blood pressure and cholesterol, breathing problems, fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and bone and joint problems. Overweight children and adolescents are also more likely to face social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem and to be overweight as adults.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2016, 39% of students were overweight or obese, a rate that has remained steady since 2007. The rate was the same for males and females but varied across racial and ethnic groups: highest for Hispanic students at 50%, 43% for African American students, and 36% for white students. No national data was available for this indicator.

Within Arkansas, rates were highest in Woodruff and Chicot counties (48% and 49%) and lowest in Izard and Stone counties (33%).

Notes about the data

Data is from a sample of students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 in all public schools in Arkansas.




Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Overweight or Obese Students
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Arkansas38%38%38%38%38%38%38%39%39%39%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement






Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Overweight or Obese Students by Race
African AmericanAsianHispanicNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas43%29%50%40%36%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement





Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Overweight or Obese Students by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas39%39%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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