IDAHO --The majority of Idaho’s third graders are at a healthy weight, according to a recent assessment, but the percentage of students who are overweight or obese continues to increase.
This spring, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare worked with the public health districts to conduct the Idaho 3rd Grade Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessment.
The BMI assessment measured a representative sampling (2,102) of the state’s third grade students’ height and weight to determine whether they were underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese based on their age at the time of the assessment and their gender.
Compared to a similar 3rd grade BMI assessment conducted in 2008, the percentage of obese 3rd graders increased from 12.8 percent in 2008 to 14.6 percent in 2012.
This year’s assessment found that 69 percent of the students were at a healthy weight, 15 percent were overweight, and 15 percent were obese.
A very small percentage, 2 percent, were considered underweight. Male students were slightly more likely than female students to be categorized as obese.