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QuickStats: Prevalence of Obesity* Among Persons Aged 12–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2009–2010

The figure shows the prevalence of obesity among persons aged 12-19 years, by race/ethnicity and sex in the United States during 2009-2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. During 2009-2010, 19.6% of males and 17.1% of females aged 12-19 years were obese. More than one quarter (26.5%) of Hispanic males were obese, compared with 22.6% of non-Hispanic black males and 17.5% of non-Hispanic white males. Prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black females (24.8%) than among non-Hispanic white females (14.7%); 19.8% of Hispanic females were obese.

* Obesity defined as body mass index (weight [kg] / height [m]2) ≥95th sex- and age-specific percentile from the 2000 CDC growth charts.

95% confidence interval.

During 2009–2010, 19.6% of males and 17.1% of females aged 12–19 years were obese. More than one quarter (26.5%) of Hispanic males were obese, compared with 22.6% of non-Hispanic black males and 17.5% of non-Hispanic white males. Prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black females (24.8%) than among non-Hispanic white females (14.7%); 19.8% of Hispanic females were obese.  

Sources: Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief no. 82. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2012.

Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US children and adolescents, 1999–2010. JAMA 2012;307:483–90.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of obesity among persons aged 12-19 years, by race/ethnicity and sex in the United States during 2009-2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. During 2009-2010, 19.6% of males and 17.1% of females aged 12-19 years were obese. More than one quarter (26.5%) of Hispanic males were obese, compared with 22.6% of non-Hispanic black males and 17.5% of non-Hispanic white males. Prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black females (24.8%) than among non-Hispanic white females (14.7%); 19.8% of Hispanic females were obese.


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