BMI Percentile Changes for California 5th-9th Grade Females 2001-2008

This UCSF study indicates that racial disparities exist in recent California health-promotion efforts, as obesity rates in the state have generally dropped or remained the same in White and Asian teens and increased for African-American and Native American adolescents. This study examined the BMI, which means body mass index, of California teens. BMI is a good indicator for most people’s levels of health. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, while A BMI of 30 or higher is obese.When compared with the national average, California has relatively low rates of obesity, however, the disparities among income levels and racial groups are alarming. Health promotion efforts seem to be reaching Asian American, White and Hispanic students, but not helping Black and American Indian students, whose statistics continue to rise.

A good follow-up story for this would be the statistics localized to San Francisco, and the reasons why certain ethnic groups continue to see increases in obesity rates as efforts for health awareness increase.

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