Percentage of U.S. high school students who were obese in 2016-2017, by gender and ethnicity

Obese high school students in the U.S. in 2016-2017, by gender and ethnicity This statistic shows the results of a survey among U.S. American high school students in grades 9 to 12 on obesity, by gender and ethnicity. The survey was conducted from September 2016 to December 2017 in schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over 22 percent of male student respondents with a Hispanic background stated they were obese.
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All races / ethnicitiesWhite (non-Hispanic)Black (non-Hispanic)Hispanic
Female12.1%10.3%16.7%14%
Male17.5%14.8%19.7%22.2%
Total14.8%12.5%18.2%18.2%
All races / ethnicitiesWhite (non-Hispanic)Black (non-Hispanic)Hispanic
Female12.1%10.3%16.7%14%
Male17.5%14.8%19.7%22.2%
Total14.8%12.5%18.2%18.2%
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This statistic shows the results of a survey among U.S. American high school students in grades 9 to 12 on obesity, by gender and ethnicity. The survey was conducted from September 2016 to December 2017 in schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12, in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over 22 percent of male student respondents with a Hispanic background stated they were obese.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
September 2016 to December 2017
Number of respondents
14,956 respondents
Special properties
9–12 graders
Method of interview
Questionnaire
Supplementary notes
* Obesity includes students who were more than 95th percentile for body mass index.
The survey was conducted at all regular public and private schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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