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QuickStats: Prevalence of Overweight* and Obesity Among Youths Aged 6--19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2007--2008

The figure shows the prevalence of overweight and obesity among youths aged 6-19 years, by race/ethnicity and sex, in the United States during  2007-2008. Obesity was more prevalent among Hispanic males aged 6-19 years (26.7%) than non-Hispanic white (18.2%) and non-Hispanic black (18.9%) males. Obesity was more prevalent among non-Hispanic black females (25.9%) than non-Hispanic white females (15.6%). No significant differences in prevalence of overweight by race/ethnicity were observed among either males or females aged 6-19 years.

* Body mass index (BMI) ≥85th and <95th sex- and age-specific percentile from the 2000 CDC growth charts.

BMI ≥95th sex- and age-specific percentile from the 2000 CDC growth charts.

During 2007--2008, obesity was more prevalent among Hispanic males aged 6--19 years (26.7%) than non-Hispanic white (18.2%) and non-Hispanic black (18.9%) males. Obesity was more prevalent among non-Hispanic black females (25.9%) than non-Hispanic white females (15.6%). No significant differences in prevalence of overweight by race/ethnicity were observed among either males or females aged 6--19 years.

Sources: Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, Lamb MM, Flegal KM. Prevalence of high body mass index in U.S. children and adolescents, 2007--2008. JAMA 2010;303:242--9.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007--2008. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of overweight and obesity among youths aged 6-19 years, by race/ethnicity and sex, in the United States during 2007-2008. Obesity was more prevalent among Hispanic males aged 6-19 years (26.7%) than non-Hispanic white (18.2%) and non-Hispanic black (18.9%) males. Obesity was more prevalent among non-Hispanic black females (25.9%) than non-Hispanic white females (15.6%). No significant differences in prevalence of overweight by race/ethnicity were observed among either males or females aged 6-19 years.



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