Complete Indicator Profile of Overweight - Children (Grades K-8) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 5Bi)
DefinitionOverweight is determined by calculating the individual's body mass index (BMI) at or above the sex- and age-specific 85th percentile up to the 95th percentile based on CDC Growth Charts.
NumeratorStudents measured in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades in participating school districts with sex- and age-specific BMI's from the 85th percentile up to the 95th percentile.
DenominatorStudents measured for BMI in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades in participating school districts with complete and valid measurements for height and weight.
Why Is This Important?Overweight and obesity affect a large proportion of the Alaska population and there has been an increase in the number of obese persons over the last decade. Many diseases and adverse health outcomes are associated with overweight and obesity, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and some types of cancer. In addition to genetic factors, an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity are both key contributors to rising obesity rates. It has been projected that, due to obesity, today's children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Other ObjectivesHA 2020 Target: 15%
Available ServicesAdditional information on current efforts to prevent overweight in Alaska: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/obesity/.
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Graphical Data Views
Percentage of children (students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7) who were overweight, ASD and MSBSD (combined), 2003-2004 to 2019-2020
Data NotesHA 2020 Target: 15%
Data shown are for Anchorage School District (ASD) and Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) (combined) for grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7. Data for all years updated on 9/24/2014 to reflect introduction of new methodology.
Data SourcesSD School Districts participating in Obesity Prevention and Control Program student height and weight survey. 1
References and Community ResourcesAdditional information on current efforts to prevent overweight and obesity in Alaska: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/obesity/.
More Resources and LinksAlaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:
Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:
Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:
Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:
Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.
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Page Content Updated On 09/24/2014, Published on 09/24/2014