National Quality Indicator – Prevalence of Obesity

Decrease the percentage of active patients who have a body mass index (BMI) that is considered overweight for their age.

Data Source: ATHNdataset

2014 Baseline – 3 to 12 year-olds: 28.4%
2016 Most Recent Result – 3 to 12 year olds: 26.5%

2014 Baseline – 13-18 year-olds: 30.3%
2016 Most Recent Result – 13-18 year-olds: 33.1%

2014 Baseline – >18 year-olds: 65.0%
2016 Most Recent Result – >18 year-olds: 65.91%

Calculation:
Body Mass Index = Weight (kg) / (Height (m) × Height (m))
Normal weight for adults is defined as 18.5 ≤ BMI < 25, overweight as 25 ≤ BMI < 30, obese as BMI ≥ 30, underweight as BMI < 18.5. BMI ≥30 is considered overweight for adults. The 90% BMI values, the threshold for overweight, are age and gender specific for children. All the threshold values per gender and per age category can be found in Table 16 of the publication "2000 CDC Growth Charts for the United States: Methods and Development."

2016 Conclusion: The percent of patients whose body mass index is considered overweight for their age has stayed essentially flat across all age groups between 2014 and 2016.