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Missoula Healthy Kids Indictors - 2020



Because weight is influenced by energy (calories) consumed and expended, interventions to improve weight can support changes in diet or physical activity. They can help change individuals’ knowledge and skills, reduce exposure to foods low in nutritional value and high in calories, or increase opportunities for physical activity.  Interventions can help prevent unhealthy weight gain or facilitate weight loss among obese people. They can be delivered in multiple settings, including health care settings, worksites, or schools.

Social and Physical Determinants of Weight

Obesity is a problem throughout the population. However, among adults, the prevalence is highest for middle-aged people and for non-Hispanic black and Mexican American women. Among children and adolescents, the prevalence of obesity is highest among older and Mexican American children and non-Hispanic black girls. The association of income with obesity varies by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.

Obesity is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death in the US. CDC

Overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index (weight [kg] / height [m2]) at or above the 85th percentile for age and sex based on the reference population of the CDC 2000 growth charts. Obesity is a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile.

Individuals who are at a healthy weight are less likely to:



In 2010, the Body Mass Index (BMI) for 911 third graders in Missoula was calculated: 74% had a normal, healthy BMI.

graph missoula BMI 3rd grade 2008 & 2009 

MCCHD, Health Promotion Division

Although BMI measurements are not collected in all communities, the CDC estimates that 1/3 of U.S. children ages 6-11 are overweight or obese. Given that parameter we are slightly under the national average with 28% of Missoula 3rd graders being overweight or obese.  Missoula BMI report 2009

Healthy People 2020 Target

          Percent of kids age 2 - 19 who are considered obese:

                    Baseline 2008 – 16.2%      Target – 14.6%

The US Dept of Health and Human Services sponsors the Healthy People objectives,
 a science-based, 10-year national plan for improving the health of all Americans.

How are we doing

The prevalence of obesity in Montana high school students increased from 6% in 1999  to 10% in 2007.  MT Maternal Child Health Needs Assessment 2010

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