Childhood-Obesity Rates Leveled Off Over Past Decade, Report Finds

August 16, 2013
by Bryan Toporek
Education Week

Childhood-obesity rates in the United States have more or less stabilized over the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The report, titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013," says that based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "the rates of childhood obesity have remained statistically the same for the past 10 years." That comes with one exception, however: The prevalence of obesity among boys between the ages of 2 and 19 jumped from 14 percent in 1999-2000 to 18.6 percent in 2009-10.