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North Carolina Adolescent Physical Health Facts

Overall health and presence of chronic health conditions, ages 12-17, 2011-12 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 whose parent describes being in:/th>North CarolinaUnited States
Excellent/very good health81%83%
Good health15%13%
Fair/poor health4%4%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who have a chronic condition (according to parent)North CarolinaUnited States
No chronic conditions69%69%
One chronic conditions18%18%
Fair/poor health12%13%

The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) defines chronic conditions as including: "learning disability; ADD or ADHD; depression; anxiety problems; behavioral or conduct problems; autism or other autism spectrum disorder; developmental delay; speech problems; asthma; diabetes; Tourette Syndrome; epilepsy or seizure disorder; hearing problems; vision problems; bone or joint problems; and brain injury or concussion." For each condition, parent respondents were asked whether they have ever been told by a health care professional that the adolescent has the condition, and whether the adolescent currently has the condition.


Asthma prevalence among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they have ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthmaNorth CarolinaUnited States
Total26%23%
Male28%22%
Female25%23%

Health insurance status, ages 12-17, 2011-2012 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who had health insurance at time of survey (according to parent)North CarolinaUnited States
Total94%94%

Physical activity among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were physically active at least 60 minutes per day on 5 or more days (during the 7 days before survey)North CarolinaUnited States
Total43%49%
Male53%58%
Female34%39%
Percent of high school students who report they attended physical education classes on 1 or more days in an average week (when they were in school)North CarolinaUnited States
Total40%52%
Male47%55%
Female32%48%
Percent of high school students who report they played on at least 1 sports team run by their school or community groups (during the 12 months before the survey)North CarolinaUnited States
TotalN/A58%
MaleN/A62%
FemaleN/A53%
Percent of high school students who report they watched television 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)North CarolinaUnited States
Total30%25%
Male31%25%
Female30%24%
Percent of high school students who report they used computers 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)North CarolinaUnited States
Total42%42%
Male42%41%
Female42%43%

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) defines physical activity as: "doing any kind of physical activity that increased their heart rate and made them breathe hard some of the time during the 7 days before the survey."

The YRBS defines used computers as: "having played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school work."


Weight/obesity status and eating behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were obeseNorth CarolinaUnited States
Total16%14%
Male20%17%
Female13%11%
Percent of high school students who described themselves as slightly or very overweightNorth CarolinaUnited States
Total28%32%
Male23%25%
Female32%38%

The YRBS defines obesity as: "≥ 95th percentile for body mass index (BMI), based on sex- and age-specific reference data from the 2000 CDC Growth Charts." BMI is calculated from students' self-reported height and weight.


Fruit, vegetable, and soda intake among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they ate fruit or drank 100% fruit juices 2 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)North CarolinaUnited States
Total27%31%
Male26%33%
Female29%30%
Percent of high school students who report they ate vegetables 3 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)North CarolinaUnited States
Total13%15%
Male13%17%
Female12%13%
Percent of high school students who report they drank a can, bottle or glass of soda or pop 1 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)North CarolinaUnited States
Total27%20%
Male30%24%
Female24%16%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
N/A: data do not exist on this measure for this state.

DATA SOURCES

PH1
Overall health status and health insurance data are from: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. National Survey of Children's Health, 2011-2012. Retrieved July 11, 2014, from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey
PH2
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). 1991-2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on April 4, 2017