Obesity in the Population (high schoolers)
Why it Matters: Overweight adolescents are at risk for serious health conditions, including diabetes. Those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and higher are considered obese. BMI, which is calculated using weight and height, provides a reasonable indicator of body fat and weight categories that may lead to health issues. Obesity has a negative effect on self-esteem, educational outcomes and public health costs. Obesity in adolescence commonly carries over into adulthood.