Definition: Percentage of public school students in grades 5, 7, and 9 with body composition falling above the "Healthy Fitness Zone" of the FitnessGram assessment, by grade level (e.g., in 2017, 40.7% of California 5th graders were overweight or obese).
Data Source: California Dept. of Education, Physical Fitness Testing Research Files (Jan. 2018).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2016-2017 is shown as 2017). These data are based on body mass index or other measure of body composition. A large majority of schools use body mass index, which aligns with standards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some schools may use skinfold measurements or bioelectric impedance to measure body composition. The notation S refers to data that have been suppressed because 20 or fewer students in that group scored in the "Healthy Fitness Zone" or because the grade level is not offered in that district. N/A means that data are not available.