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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | June 7, 2012

New City-Level Obesity Data for California

A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy provides city-level rates of overweight or obese public school students in grades 5, 7, and 9 from 2010. These data, available for cities with 20,000+ residents, are now available on Data show that city rates of childhood overweight/obesity vary dramatically, from 11% to 53% of 5th, 7th, and 9th graders in 2010.

Statewide, nearly 40 percent (38%) of 5th-, 7th-, and 9th-grade public school students were overweight or obese in 2010, and this prevalence largely held steady between 2005 and 2010, according to a 2011 study by the two organizations. While the data suggest that California may be experiencing a leveling off in childhood overweight/obesity rates, which is similar to national trends, continued attention is needed for programs/policies that prevent and address childhood obesity. Find more information on about childhood weight, including policy implications and links to key reports and websites.

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Among Bay Area cities with available data, the percentage of overweight or obese 5th, 7th, and 9th graders ranged from 15% to 52% in 2010. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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