Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012
the MPR take:
Rates of obesity in youth and adults in the United States have remained unchanged between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Using Weight and height or recumbent lengths for measurement, 8.1% of infants and toddlers had high weight for recumbent length, 16.9% of 2–19-year-olds and 34.9% of adults aged ≥20 years were obese. No significant changes were seen overall from 2003-2004 and 2011-2012 in high weight for recumbent length among infants and toddlers or obesity in 2–19-year-olds and adults.
Importance: More than one-third of adults and 17% of youth in the United States are obese, although the prevalence remained stable between 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. Objective: To provide the most recent national estimates of childhood obesity, analyze trends in childhood obesity between 2003 and ...
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