What Was Measured?

What percentage of children in the HMO, ages 3 to 11, had their body mass index (BMI) checked using their height and weight, when they had a visit with their regular doctor during the past year?

Why Is It Important?

One in five children is overweight in the U.S. – and the heaviest children are getting heavier. It is the most common childhood health problem and can lead to many lifelong physical and social problems including depression, eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease and early death. Being overweight or obese is preventable. A BMI is a first step in checking body fat and can be used as a starting point to help children and parents with food choices and eating and physical activity habits.

Compare California Scores to National Results

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Checking If Children's Weight Could Cause Health Problems 2012 Edition

Look for differences of at least 4%. Smaller differences usually are not significant.

Checking If Children's Weight Could Cause Health Problems

We compared HMO members' records in 2010 to a set of national standards for quality of care.
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Kaiser Permanente - Southern California 96%
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Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 76%
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Aetna Health of California, Inc. 45%
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Western Health Advantage 34%
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Health Net of California, Inc. 31%
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UnitedHealthcare of California (formerly PacifiCare) 30%
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Anthem Blue Cross - HMO 28%
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Blue Shield of California - HMO 24%
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CIGNA HMO No report due to incomplete data
Score for top health plans nationwide 76%*