Overweight or Obese Students
Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Overweight or Obese Students
Arkansas County44%
Ashley County41%
Baxter County36%
Benton County35%
Boone County38%
Bradley County48%
Calhoun County49%
Carroll County41%
Chicot County43%
Clark County42%
Clay County43%
Cleburne County36%
Cleveland County37%
Columbia County42%
Conway County42%
Craighead County38%
Crawford County38%
Crittenden County41%
Cross County46%
Dallas County47%
Desha County45%
Drew County42%
Faulkner County36%
Franklin County38%
Fulton County41%
Garland County37%
Grant County39%
Greene County39%
Hempstead County43%
Hot Spring County38%
Howard County45%
Independence County41%
Izard County37%
Jackson County50%
Jefferson County43%
Johnson County45%
Lafayette County41%
Lawrence County43%
Lee County45%
Lincoln County44%
Little River County44%
Logan County38%
Lonoke County37%
Madison County32%
Marion County39%
Miller County39%
Mississippi County45%
Monroe County42%
Montgomery County36%
Nevada County40%
Newton County42%
Ouachita County47%
Perry County41%
Phillips County49%
Pike County39%
Poinsett County47%
Polk County36%
Pope County40%
Prairie County44%
Pulaski County38%
Randolph County46%
St. Francis County36%
Saline County38%
Scott County43%
Searcy County39%
Sebastian County46%
Sevier County42%
Sharp County45%
Stone County36%
Union County41%
Van Buren County37%
Washington County39%
White County38%
Woodruff County44%
Yell County45%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement





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 2019, 39% of students were overweight or obese, similar to 2018. The rate was similar males and females, but varied across racial and ethnic groups: highest for Hispanic students at 50%, 43% for African American students, 36% for white students and 28% for Asian students. No national data was available for this indicator.

Within Arkansas, rates were highest in Jackson (50%), Calhoun and Phillips counties (both at 49%), and lowest in Madison County (32%).

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

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

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