Health >> Obesity / Overweight >> Teens >> Region

2010 youth obesity rates were highest in King County’s South Region and lowest in East Region.

At any stage of life, obesity can have serious health consequences, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overweight children are at risk of becoming obese adults; obese children are likely to remain obese in adulthood.

In 2010, 9% of King County youth in grades 8, 10 and 12 were obese; 21% were overweight or obese.

  • In South Region, rates of youth obesity (and overweight + obesity) were higher than in King County overall.
  • In East Region, rates of youth obesity (and overweight + obesity) were lower than in King County overall. In North Region, the rate of youth obesity was lower than in King County overall.
  • Nationally, 12% of youth in grades 9 through 12 were obese and 38% were overweight or obese in 2009. King County’s lower overall rates look good initially, but mask significant racial/ethnic group disparities (data on separate page).