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Weight problems for Capital Region students

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More than thirty percent of kids at most Capital Region school districts are overweight and almost 40 percent of kids in the Schenectady City School District are overweight, according to data amassed by the New York State Department of Health.

Weight problems are severe in the Capital Region, with about 20 percent of the kids in Fulton, Schoharie and Schenectady counties being considered obese. The data generally reflects the fact that people in rural and urban areas tend to be more overweight than people in suburban areas, with the Saratoga Springs, Niskayuna and Shenendehowa school districts having the lowest percentage of overweight students among medium to large school districts.

A breakdown of overweight kids is available below.

Whether a student is overweight or obese is determined by their Body Mass Index, a figure determined for young people by considering their age, sex, height and weight. If a person’s BMI puts them into the 85th percentile to 95th percentile for their age and gender they are classified as overweight and they’re obese if the BMI is the 95th percentile and above.

Almost 18 percent of Schenectady’s kids are overweight and almost 22 percent are classified as obese.

A full story on this data will be in the Wednesday issue of the Daily Gazette.

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Overweight School Districts by DailyGazette

 
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