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 Is obesity a  problem?
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Age and race/ethnicity are the person characteristics included in PedNSS that can help describe which children are more likely to be overweight. The PedNSS Table 8C, Growth and Anemia Indicators by Race/Ethnicity and Age, is used to determine if the prevalence of obesity varies by race/ethnicity or age.


Sample:  PedNSS Table 8C, Growth and Anemia Indicators by Race/Ethnicity and Age

table showing >= 2 years overweight data stratified by race/ethnicity

1 Obesity does vary by race and ethnic groups. Hispanic children have the highest prevalence of obesity among children 2 to 5 years of age (17.5%).

The graph below, derived from Table 8C, shows the prevalence of obesity for each racial/ethnic group as well as the Total or overall prevalence for the state. Hispanic children aged 2 to 5 years of age have the highest prevalence.

Prevalence of overweight and obesity*
among children aged 2 to <5 years, by race and ethnicity
Prevalence of overweight and risk of overweight among children aged 2 to <5 years, by race and ethnicity

* Obese: > 95th percentile weight-for-length or BMI-for-age; overweight: > 85th-<95th percentile weight-for-length or BMI-for-age, CDC Growth Charts, 2000. 15% of children are expected to fall above the 85th percentile (5% above the 95th percentile and 10% between the 85th and 95th percentiles).


Who is affected?

Hispanic children have the highest prevalence of obesity for children 2 to 5 years of age.

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Page last reviewed: October 29, 2009
Page last updated: October 29, 2009
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

 

 



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