Report: 28 Percent Of New Mexico Teens Overweight Or Obese

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health says more high school students in the state were overweight or obese in 2009 than in previous years.

A survey of high school students shows 28 percent reported being obese or overweight.

That's up from 23.5 percent in 2003.

The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey is conducted every other year by the Department of Health and the Public Education Department.

It collects data reported by students themselves from most of New Mexico's 89 school districts.

The latest survey was completed by 22,249 high school students and 23,628 middle school students.

It asks students about body weight, physical activity and nutrition as well as other behaviors.

The middle school survey asks about students' perceptions of their weight instead of their measurements.

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