One-Third of U.S. Children Found to Be Overweight or Obese

April 22, 2013
by Brian Toporek
Education Week


About one-third of U.S. children ages 10 to 17 were found to be either overweight (15.6 percent) or obese (15.7 percent), according to the latest National Survey of Children's Health from the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.

The findings, released earlier this month, reflect a slight improvement over the last data set from 2007, but are still worse than what was reported in the original 2003 survey.

In 2003, 14.8 percent of children ages 10 to 17 were considered obese, and an additional 15.7 percent were considered overweight (30.5 percent total), according to that year's survey. The percentage of obese children rocketed up in 2007 to 16.4 percent, although the percentage of overweight children slightly dropped to 15.3 percent.


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