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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 46: Weight Control and Dieting

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Table 46. Percentage of high school students with weight concerns, by race/ethnicity, specific concern, and sex: Various years, 1993 to 2003
 2003
 Race/ethnicity
Weight concern and sex1993 Total1995 Total1997 Total1999 Total2001 TotalTotal1White, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanic
Overweight2
Total———9.910.512.110.416.216.4
 Male———11.914.215.714.018.221.3
 Female———7.96.98.36.514.211.5
At risk for becoming overweight3
Total———16.013.614.813.318.217.4
 Male———17.515.515.214.015.119.1
 Female———14.411.714.412.421.215.7
Thought they were overweight
Total34.327.627.330.029.229.630.822.331.6
 Male24.422.122.223.723.323.523.517.927.1
 Female44.833.633.536.434.936.138.526.436.1
Were attempting weight loss
Total40.341.439.742.746.043.844.834.749.4
 Male23.124.323.126.128.829.127.922.737.4
 Female58.759.859.759.462.359.362.646.761.7
Exercised to lose weight or avoid gaining weight4
Total—51.051.558.459.957.158.547.558.9
 Male—39.339.949.551.049.048.146.153.7
 Female—63.865.467.468.465.769.649.264.1
Fasted to lose weight or avoid gaining weight4
Total———12.613.513.312.512.513.7
 Male———6.47.68.57.110.59.2
 Female———18.819.118.318.414.518.2
Took diet pills, powders, or liquids to lose weight or avoid gaining weight4
Total—5.24.97.69.29.29.85.010.5
 Male—1.92.44.45.57.16.84.99.2
 Female—8.78.010.912.611.313.05.111.7
— Not available.
1Includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2Students who were in the 95th or higher percentile for body mass index, by age and sex, based on reference data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I. Percentiles for each age level, from 2 to 20 years of age, are based on weight and height, and differ for each age level. The percentage of overweight high school students is calculated from the total number of students in the 95th percentile or higher for their age group across all high school age groups.
3Students who were in the 85th or higher percentile but less than the 95th percentile for body mass index, by age and sex, based on reference data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey I are considered at risk for becoming overweight.
4During the 30 days preceding the survey.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003.

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