Marlborough Above Average in Overweight Students, Says Statewide Report
Results from the Department Public Health reveal that Marlborough has more overweight students than the state average.
According to results of a Body Mass Index screening conducted during the 2010-2011 school year by the Department of Public Health, Marlborough is among the towns with the highest number of obese and overweight students.
Nearly one-third of Massachusetts students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 are overweight or obese, revealed the findings, as reported in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
The Marlborough school district ranked at 42.4 percent, taking second place for the highest percentage in the region behind Pathfinder Regional Technical School at 48.8 percent. The two schools join Leicester and Ware as others with high percentages above the state average of 32.4 percent.
Assabet Valley Vocational School fared only slightly better, with 37.4 percent of students measured rating as overweight or obese. The Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School rated at 26.5 percent, below the state average and placing it among the schools with the lowest average.