6. Using the CDC Growth Charts
Prevalence of Nutritional Status Indicators
Data from the 2007 – 2020 NHANES were used to calculate the prevalence of obesity, overweight, underweight, and short stature in U.S. children and teens.
PREVALENCE OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS INDICATORS BY AGE GROUPS AND GENDER NHANES 2007-2010
Obesity: BMI-for-age ≥ 95th percentile
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that health care providers in primary care settings
Use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth standard charts for children aged birth to less than 2 years regardless of type of feeding, to monitor growth in the United States (Grummer-Strawn, Reinold, Krebs, 2010).
Use the 2000 CDC growth reference charts for children and teens aged 2 years up to 20 years to monitor growth in the United States (Grummer-Strawn, Reinold, Krebs, 2010).
The CDC 2000 growth charts provide health care providers with a tool to assess the growth of children and teens aged 2 years to 20 years.
CDC promotes the use of the 2000 CDC growth charts for all racial and