The results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now available on Hawaii-IBIS. Data are available for both high school and middle school students across the state. Use Hawaii-IBIS to explore the data by gender, race/ethnicity, and grade, for the state or by county.
Here are some of the highlights from the 2017 Hawaii data:
- About 1 in 10 high school females are obese, compared to 1 in 6 high school males. Obese youth are at risk for multiple health problems, including diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Losing weight, in addition to a healthy diet, helps prevent chronic diseases and improves quality of life.
- Almost half of high school students in Hawaii and Maui counties report going to physical education classes at least once a week in school. Regular physical activity among adolescents helps improve bone health, body weight and composition, physical fitness, and mental health.
- More than 10% of middle school students did not eat breakfast on any day in the prior week. Youth who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school than those who start the day on an empty stomach.
- The percent of middle school students who have ever used an electronic smoking device increased in Hawaii County by more than 25% between 2015 and 2017, from 28% to 36%. These devices are unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration; the health consequences of their use are unknown.
For more information on the health of Hawaii’s youth, check out the YRBS data on both websites from the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse. On Hawaii-IBIS, users can manipulate the data to explore health indicators in their populations of interest. Alternatively, Hawaii Health Matters provides health data with more context and helpful resources.
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