The stigma of a child's weight can pose many consequences impacting their psychological and physical health, including an increase in being bullied, a vulnerability to depression, anxiety and substance abuse, as well as social isolation and adverse academic outcomes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 18% of Texas high school students (Grades 9th-12th) in 2017 had obesity with a BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile. Additionally, 36% of high school students (Grades 9th-12th) in Texas described themselves as slightly or very overweight and 57% were not meeting daily physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes or more.
According to CCHAPS 2018 data in the six-county primary service area, 10% of parents are concerned their child (aged 5-14 years) is overweight. Additionally, parents of children 5-14 years of age reported that 75% received at least 30 minutes of physical activity four or more days of the week, and 65% ate two or more servings of vegetables daily; however, 36% had one or more servings of soda a day.