Just Updated: Weight and Fitness Data for Students in Your Community
The percentage of California 9th graders at a healthy weight or underweight improved from 65% in 2002 to 72% in 2011, according to newly updated data available on www.kidsdata.org.
The percentage of 5th and 7th graders at a healthy weight or underweight has held fairly steady over the past decade (in the 66-70% range).
Weight and physical fitness are closely linked. In 2011, one quarter of 5th graders in California public schools met all state fitness standards. The percentages for 7th and 9th graders were somewhat higher: 32% and 37%, respectively. Find fitness data for your school district or county>>
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Physical Fitness and Weight: Related Context
Regular physical activity helps muscle development, bone health, and heart health. Children who regularly exercise also tend to have lower levels of depression and anxiety, and are more likely to carry their healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Physical activity is linked to weight control and reduced risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as some cancers. Learn more>>
Children who are obese are at risk of developing a range of social and physical health problems including low self-esteem, discrimination from others, joint problems, sleep apnea and asthma. Overweight and obese children also are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease, and have weight problems as adults. Learn more >>
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Recent data show a postive trend in California 9th graders at a healthy weight or underweight.