Youth disease risk prevalence

Updated 4/15/16

The Healthy People 2020 target is to reduce the proportion of adolescents, aged 12-19 years, who are overweight or obese to less than 16.1%. Using the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, the WCSD youth reported combined percentage is 23.8%, well above the Healthy People target but below Nevada and the US.


  • *Proportion of adolescents, grades 9-12, who are obese (≥95th percentile for BMI by age and sex, based on reference data); overweight (≥85th percentile but <95th percentile)
  • YRBS is conducted in odd numbered years (WCSD middle school students were not surveyed in 2013);  not all questions are asked in every survey year and questions may also change

The Healthy People 2020 target to increase the proportion of adolescents that meet current Federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic physical activity and for muscle-strengthening activity has yet to be determined;  2010 target was for adolescents to engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30-minutes/day, 5 or more days/week.  The 2016 US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth paints a grim picture for the country.

Some disease risk prevalence questions were added to the high school Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) beginning 2013, and middle school YRBS in 2015. Additional questions are included in TMT’s data files. Other youth risk behaviors are reported for the wellness & preventative healthcare indicator, including  substance abuse and sexual behaviors; youth suicide behaviors are reported for the mental health & social wellbeing indicator; and youth safety behaviors are reported for the perception of safety indicator.


Youth Risk Behavior Survey;

CDC, YRBS, Youth Online Data Analysis Tool

Download the data

TMT members can download the data files used to monitor indicators.