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)
- In 2021, the prevalence of childhood obesity in Rhode Island decreased and is now below the national rate for this indicator.
- 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, or who are Hispanic.
Measure Source: National Survey of Children’s Health