Health
Overweight or Obese Students
Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Overweight or Obese Students
2022
Arkansas County49%
Ashley County44%
Baxter County38%
Benton County38%
Boone County41%
Bradley County54%
Calhoun County51%
Carroll County44%
Chicot County56%
Clark County43%
Clay County47%
Cleburne County39%
Cleveland County45%
Columbia County45%
Conway County45%
Craighead County43%
Crawford County41%
Crittenden County46%
Cross County43%
Dallas County48%
Desha County50%
Drew County43%
Faulkner County40%
Franklin County45%
Fulton County39%
Garland County41%
Grant County45%
Greene County43%
Hempstead County48%
Hot Spring County45%
Howard County44%
Independence County43%
Izard County40%
Jackson County46%
Jefferson County48%
Johnson County45%
Lafayette County45%
Lawrence County42%
Lee County53%
Lincoln County44%
Little River County47%
Logan County42%
Lonoke County38%
Madison County38%
Marion County42%
Miller County44%
Mississippi County49%
Monroe County56%
Montgomery County34%
Nevada County45%
Newton County36%
Ouachita County50%
Perry County44%
Phillips County49%
Pike County44%
Poinsett County52%
Polk County39%
Pope County41%
Prairie County45%
Pulaski County42%
Randolph County50%
St. Francis County49%
Saline County41%
Scott County41%
Searcy County43%
Sebastian County43%
Sevier County49%
Sharp County46%
Stone County38%
Union County44%
Van Buren County42%
Washington County42%
White County42%
Woodruff County44%
Yell County46%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement







STATE TREND

Increasing


43%

2022

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 2022, 43% of students were overweight or obese, similar to 2021. The rate was similar for males and females, but varied across racial and ethnic groups: highest for Hispanic students at 53%, 49% for African American students, 38% for white students and 32% for Asian students. No national data was available for this indicator.

Within Arkansas, rates were highest in Monroe and Chicot counties (both at 56%) and lowest in Montgomery County (34%).

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
201720182019202020212022
Arkansas39%39%39%40%44%43%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement






Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Overweight or Obese Students by Race
African AmericanAsianHispanicNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas49%32%53%44%38%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement





Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement


Overweight or Obese Students by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas42%43%

Source: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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