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Health Indicator Report of BMI - overweight (BMI GE 85%ile & LT 95%ile), high school

The number of overweight or obese children and adolescents is increasing and diseases previously thought to affect mainly adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, are now being diagnosed in children and adolescents. The social and psychological impacts of childhood obesity include social isolation, increased rate of suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, increased rate of anxiety disorders and depression, and increased likelihood of being bullied.


The percentages reported above have been produced by weighting the sample so that the results better represent the Hawaii population. Numerator and denominator data have been rounded to the nearest 100. In cases where the numerator is 49 or less, it is displayed as 50. Statistical Stability--Relative standard error, or RSE, is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate. Stable is displayed when the RSE is below 0.30. Unstable is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). Very unstable is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decision making. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Suppression of Estimates--According to CDC YRBS guidelines, a minimum of 100 respondents must answer the question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of respondents is below 100, ** will appear in the table.

Data Source

Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii State Department of Health. Citation: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Hawaii School Health Survey: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Module. "[Chart Title, years]." Hawaii-IBIS [URL]. Published on [insert date]. Accessed on [insert date].

Data Interpretation Issues

The Youth Risk Behavior survey uses a two-stage, stratified random sampling method to identify the sample. The sampling frame includes all students currently enrolled in grades 6-12 in a public school in the state of Hawaii. Two samples are taken: one for middle school (grades 6-8) and one for high school (grades 9-12). Results are weighted by sex, grade, and race/ethnicity to ensure accurate representation of the population.


Percent of high school students who have an age and sex-specific body mass index (BMI) percentile that is 85%ile or greater and less than 95%ile calculated from self-reported weight and height.


Number of high school students who have an age and sex-specific body mass index (BMI) percentile that is 85%ile or greater and less than 95%ile calculated from self-reported weight and height.


Number of high school students for whom BMI can be calculated from their self-reported sex, weight and height (excludes unknowns and refusals for sex, weight and height).
Page Content Updated On 09/14/2020, Published on 05/05/2021
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Content updated: Wed, 5 May 2021 11:50:06 HST