Health Behaviors

Childhood obesity

Percentage of children ages 10–17 who are overweight or obese (BMI >= 85th percentile)

About this data measure

  • Childhood obesity increases the risk of developing serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. (Source: CDC)
  • Since 2017, the prevalence of childhood obesity in Rhode Island has remained relatively unchanged.
  • Obesity among children in Rhode Island is most prevalent among those between the ages of 10-13, speak a language other than English at home, who have a parent with a high school education or GED, who have a household income that is 100%-199% of the federal poverty level, and are Hispanic.

Measure Source: National Survey of Children’s Health

Childhood obesity over time

Childhood obesity demographic breakout