Overweight and Obesity

Nearly Three-quarters of Adults are Overweight

Overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese adults. A sedentary lifestyle and being overweight are among the primary risk factors for many health problems and premature death. Maintaining a healthy body weight may have positive impacts on physical and mental health, as well as reduce health care costs. This indicator measures the proportion of students in fifth, seventh and ninth grades with an unhealthy body composition (overweight or obese) using the California Department of Education (CDE) Physical Fitness Test.1 It also measures the weight status of adults.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Four out of 10 students in San Bernardino County schools are considered overweight or obese:
  • In 2014, an average of 39.4% of San Bernardino County students in the grades tested had an unhealthy body composition, compared to 38.3% statewide.
  • Of the San Bernardino County students with an unhealthy body composition in 2014, 20.6% were considered to be far outside the healthy range (“Needs Improvement- Health Risk”), while the remaining 18.8% were designated as “Needs Improvement.”
  • The San Bernardino City school district has the highest proportion of overweight students (48%).
  • Yucaipa-Calimesa, Rim of the World, Baker Valley, and Silver Valley school districts have the lowest proportion of overweight students (28% each).

* Fewer than 50 students tested; data unstable.

Note: Chaffey and Victor represent combined data of the high school districts and their feeder school districts. Chaffey includes Chaffey Joint Union High School District and the elementary districts of Alta Loma, Central, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Mountain View, Mt. Baldy, and Ontario-Montclair. Victor includes Victor Valley Union High School District and the elementary schools Victor, Adelanto, Oro Grande and Helendale.

Source: California Department of Education Physical Fitness Test (data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest)

Almost three-quarters of San Bernardino County adults are overweight:
  • In 2014, 38.0% of San Bernardino County adults were considered overweight and 34.0% obese. A little more than one-quarter (27.0%) had a healthy body weight.
  • In comparison, 35.8% of adults in California had a healthy body weight.
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* Data considered unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

Source: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research, California Health Interview Survey (www.chis.ucla.edu)

Teen Physical Activity
In 2013 and 2014, only 20.4% of teens in San Bernardino County met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of one hour or more of physical activity daily. This is up slightly from 2009, when 19.0% of teens were getting the recommended amount of physical activity.
Source: California Health Interview Survey


  1. In 2014, the California Department of Education modified the body composition standards to be more aligned with the Center for Disease Control percentiles to identify lean, normal, overweight, and obese students. The category “Needs Improvement” approximates overweight, while the category “Needs Improvement – Health Risk” approximates obesity.