Change Indicator

Teen perception of weight by gender in Delaware

Teen perception of weight by gender

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Teens who describe themselves as slightly/very overweight compared to teens who are overweight or obese (overweight and obese are calculated body mass index from self-reported height and weight).

In 2009 32% of teens described themselves as overweight, while 17% and 12% were obese and overweight, respectively.  This indicates that student perception of themselves as overweight is different than the reality.

Smart states are those that pay attention to effective policies and programs that would get communities in good shape. Experts agree that being healthy and fit in adulthood is largely determined by the communities that we live in and habits that we develop as children. When schools serve nutritious foods and invest time in physical education, they become learning environments that shape strong minds and bodies. When parents don't have access to healthy food because they live in a neighborhood where access to fresh produce and other healthy foods is limited, this makes it almost impossible to offer healthy diets at home. Initiatives such as community gardens can help make healthy food available to everyone. neighborhood amenities such as parks, recreation center, sidewalks and libraries make it safer for children to engage in physical activity and serve as a vehicle for socializing, increased time outdoors and enhanced quality of life.
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Definition and Source



Data Source

Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies. University of Delaware

Last Updated

January 2023