Child Obesity: Prevalence
Obesity in Children and Adolescents
Child obesity (meaning a BMI-for-age above the 95th percentile of the CDC growth charts for age and gender) is typically diagnosed in individual children when total body weight exceeds 25 percent fat in boys, or 32 percent fat in girls (Lohman, 1987). Statistics regarding the number of obese children are often merged into those for overweight.
Current Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight in Children
According to the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 19992002, an estimated 16 percent of children and adolescents ages 619 years are overweight. Of these. a growing proportion are obese. Approximately one in five children in the US between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight. About 25 percent of all white children are overweight, while 33 percent of AfricanAmerican and Hispanic children are overweight. Over 10 percent of younger preschool children between ages 2 and 5 are overweight, up from 7 percent in 1994.
Increase in Prevalence of Obesity and Overweight in Children
Incidence of Weight-Related Disease in Children
According to surveys of overweight/obese children and teens:
Guide To Excess
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