Student Weight Status Data

Student Weight Status Category Reporting Survey Results

The Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) collects weight status category data (underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese, based on BMI-for-age percentile) on children and adolescents attending public school in New York State, outside New York City.

Beginning in 2010, all data reported through the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System have been released on Health Data New York. The headings below describe different ways the data from SWSCR can be accessed and manipulated through Health Data NY. Prior to 2010, data from SWSCR were released through printable report and continue to be incorporated into reports released to the public. These reports are accessible through web-links posted on this page.

Health Data New York

The Health Data NY site is an open data site maintained by the New York State Department of Health devoted to providing access to health data. The site allow health care providers, researchers, legislators, advocates, academics, and the general public to analyze and download valuable health data in a variety of formats; review comprehensive metadata; create visualizations of the data; embed data and visualizations into their respective web sites with automatic refreshes from health.data.ny.gov; utilize Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to build mobile applications; and share data and visualizations through popular social media tools like Twitter and Facebook.

  • Student Weight Status Category Reporting Results: Beginning 2010
    • The Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) collects weight status category data (underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese, based on BMI-for-age percentile). The dataset includes separate estimates of the percent of students overweight, obese and overweight or obese for all reportable grades within the county and/or region and by grade groups (elementary and middle/high). The rates of overweight and obesity reported are percentages based on counts of students in selected grades (Pre-K, K, 2, 4, 7, 10) reported to the NYSDOH. District, county, regional and statewide estimates are provided biennially. Data can be filtered by a variety of variables within the dataset and exported into various formats for additional analyses. Half of the public schools in New York State, exclusive of New York City, are required to report Student Weight Status data each year. It takes two years to collect a full cycle of data for all eligible school districts in the state.
  • Student Weight: Percent Obese by School District Map Based on Student Weight: Percent Obese by School District Map: 2012-2014
    • The point map shows the obesity rate by grade level for public school districts in New York State, exclusive of New York City, from the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR). Instructions for how to view the map are listed in the description at the top of the page. Removing the school district filter is not recommended. The most recent data displayed are from the 2012-2014 reporting cycle.
  • Student Weight: Percent Obese by Grade Level, Statewide (Excluding NYC): 2012-2014
    • This chart displays the percent of students who are overweight, obese and overweight or obese for New York State (excluding New York City). Data are summarized for the district as a whole and for elementary and middle/high school students reported to SWSCR. Removing the statewide filter is not recommended. The chart is based on data collected through the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR).
  • Student Weight: Percent Obese by Grade Level and Region: 2012-2014
    • This chart displays the percent of students who are obese (district total, elementary or middle/high) for seven regions of New York State (excluding New York City).
  • Student Weight: District Level Percent Obese by Region (all grade levels): 2012-2014
    • This chart displays the percent of students who are obese at the district level for seven regions of New York State and Statewide (excluding New York City). The black dotted line indicates the 2017 Prevention Agenda Target for obesity among public school children in New York State (exclusive of New York City). The Prevention Agenda is New York's State Health Improvement Plan and serves as the blueprint for state and local community action to improve the health of New Yorkers and address health disparities in five priority areas. An objective (Objective 1.0.1) within the Preventing Chronic Disease priority area is to reduce the percentage of public school children who are obese by 5%, from 17.6% (2010-12) to 16.7% by 2017, as measured through the Student Weight Status Category Reporting system.
  • Student Weight: Percent Obese by Grade Level and County, 2012-2014
    • This chart displays the percent of students who are obese by grade level (district total, elementary or middle/high) and county for seven regions of New York State (excluding New York City). To view a region that is not included in the initial visualization, you may uncheck the preselected region filter and choose your own parameters. The chart is based on data collected through the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR). Not all counties or regions are shown in the initial visualization display. If a grey broken columns appear it means data was not collected for that instance.
  • Student Weight Status Guide to Creating Visualizations on Health Data NY
    • This guide details instructions for creating two sample visualizations (charts) based on 2012-2014 Student Weight Status Category Reporting data. This guide can be used by partners working on obesity prevention initiatives to display overweight and obesity
  • Student Weight Status Category Reporting Results API: Beginning 2012
    • This featured Application Programming Interface (API) page serves as a reference for developers who are building tools that interact with the data on Health Data NY. The page provides examples on how to retrieve data from each of the fields within the dataset. A description of each field is also provided. This specific API page is for the Student Weight Status Category Reporting Results: Beginning 2010 dataset.

Chronic Disease Prevention: Information for Action Reports

Information for action reports are brief, one-page reports summarizing information and data about a health indicator that has implications for public health action.

Data and Reports Prior to 2010

2008-10 County-Level Student Weight Data File on Health Data NY

This dataset includes county-level estimates of overweight and obesity for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years by grade level for New York State, exclusive of New York City. A data set overview, data dictionary, research questions and benefits of using the data are included in addition to the raw data files.

County-Level Report, 2008-10

The "Student Weight Status Category Reporting Survey Results: County-Level Report, 2008-2010" summarizes data reported from schools to the New York State Department of Health during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Data from schools within a county were weighted by enrollment and aggregated to produce estimates of the prevalence of overweight, obesity, healthy weight and underweight among students. Estimates are provided for all reportable grades combined within the county and by grade groups (elementary, middle/high school) and grade (second, fourth, seventh, tenth). Information about the number of schools and school districts contributing data to the county-estimates, the enrollment in those schools and the completeness of reporting (percent of enrolled students for whom weight status data were reported) are also provided.

For additional information on Student Weight Status Category Reporting, including districts selected to report, survey tools and data reporting procedures, please visit the New York Statewide School Health Services Center website at: http://www.schoolhealthservicesny.com/datareporting.cfm?subpage=104