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

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 Unpublished data.