Prevalence of Nutritional Status Indicators

Data from the 2007 – 2010 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 Sex NHANES 2007-2010

Prevalence of Nutritional Status Indicators by Age Groups and Sex NHANES 2007-2010
Nutritional Status Indicators  2 to 19 years  2 to 5 years 6 to 11 years  12 to 19 years
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Obesity1
Total 16.8 0.7 11.1 0.8 18.8 0.7 18.2 1.1
Female 15.4 0.9 10.2 1.3 16.9 1.1 16.9 1.2
Male 18.2 0.9 11.9 1.2 20.7 0.9 19.4 1.6
Overweight2
Total 14.9 0.5 12.8 1.0 15.2 0.8 15.6 0.8
Female 15.4 0.9 12.3 1.1 16.7 1.3 16.0 1.4
Male 14.3 0.6 13.3 1.7 13.8 1.2 15.2 1.0
Underweight3
Total 3.5 0.3 3.4 0.5 3.6 0.5 3.5 0.4
Female 3.5 0.3 4.3 1.0 3.7 0.8 3.0 0.5
Male 3.6 0.5 2.7 0.5 3.5 0.7 4.1 0.8
Short Stature4
Total 3.6 0.3 2.8 0.5 3.2 0.4 4.2 0.4
Female 3.6 0.4 2.3 0.6 3.1 0.5 4.6 0.6
Male 3.6 0.4 3.3 0.6 3.3 0.5 3.9 0.5

1 Obesity: BMI-for-age ≥ 95th percentile
2 Overweight: BMI-for-age ≥ 85th percentile and < 95th percentile
3 Underweight: BMI-for-age < 5th percentile
4 Short stature: height-for-age < 5th percentile
*Excludes pregnant females

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; Personal communication with Ogden CL, National Center for Health Statistics. (Nov. 2012). Unpublished data.