MHMD-3 Reduce the proportion of adolescents who engage in disordered eating behaviors in an attempt to control their weight
National Data Source
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (CDC/NCHHSTP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
10 percent improvement
One or more disordered eating behaviors based on three questions from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Number of students in grades 9 through 12
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data
Persons are considered to have disordered eating they respond “yes” to any of the questions:
During the past 30 days, did you go without eating for 24 hours or more (also called fasting) to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight?
During the past 30 days, did you take any diet pills, powders, or liquids without a doctor’s advice to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight?
During the past 30 days, did you vomit or take laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight?
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
References and More Information
1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.