Weight (NYS) Status Data Reporting & Obesity Statistics
Provides an overview of the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System established by amendments to NYS Education Law in 2007 to support state and local efforts to understand and confront the problem of childhood obesity. Amendments required student health certificates to include students' body mass index (BMI) and weight status categories. A summary from each school is reported to the District and then to the State Health Department using a secure reporting system. New York City schools are exempt from state education law that requires this data to be reported to the State Health Department. The New York City Department of Education uses the NYC FITNESSGRAM, a fitness assessment and reporting program for children attending public schools in New York City, in Kindergarten through 12th grade.This page includes information on student weight status among school age children in New York State, outside of New York City. It includes the:
Student Weight Status Category Report: 2008-2010 - New York State (Exclusive of New York City)-This report includes data from all 57 counties outside of the five boroughs of New York City.
Student Weight Status Category Report: 2008-2009 - New York State (Exclusive of New York City)- This report which includes data from all 57 counties outside of the five boroughs of New York City.
Student Weight Status Category Reporting Survey Results: County-Level Report, 2008-2010
Summarizes data reported from schools to the NYSDOH during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Data from schools within a county were weighted by enrollment and aggregated to produce estimates of the prevalence of overweight, obesity, healthy weight and underweight among students. Estimates are provided for all reportable grades combined within the county and by grade groups (elementary, middle/high school) and grade (second, fourth, seventh, tenth).
School Nurse Survey Brief Report - Barriers to Reporting 2011-Final Results from 2011 School Nurse Survey on Barriers to Student Weight Status Category Reporting Survey -Describes challenges to collecting WSC data. This information was provided by NYS school nurses10/2011
Frequently Asked Questions for Student Weight Status Reporting Survey Results: County-Level Report, 2008-2010 - Provides information on how the reports were created and explains terminology used.
Obesity Statistics for NYS
NYSDOH Obesity Statistics by County-Graphical map which allows you to view obesity statistics in NYS, Upstate NYS, and New York City based on indicators for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (2007-2009). It is searchable by county.
Prevention and Intervention-NYSDOH Preventing Chronic Diseases
Information for Action Reports
IFA # 2013-06: Rates of Student Obesity are Significantly Higher in High Need School Districts
IFA # 2013-05: One-third of School-age Children in New York State (exclusive of New York City) are Overweight or Obese
NYSDOH Obesity Prevention Homepage-Provides information on prevalence, impact, NYSDOH Strategic Plan, BMI screening tools, guidelines for healthy meetings and creating healthy places to live, work and play contractor map and many other resources.
NYSDOH Prevention Objectives and Interventions to Reduce Obesity in Children and Adults-Childhood and adult overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in NYS and across the nation. Nationally, 17 percent of American children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. Overweight and obesity affect 40 percent of NYC public school students ages 6-12 yearsand 32 percent of students in the rest of the state. Among children ages 2-4 years, living in low-income families who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in NYS, 31.5 percent are overweight or obese. This page details the NYS plan for addressing this issues.
This page was last updated 12/02/16