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35% of US boys and girls overweight or obese; in China only 4.5% of girls and 5.9% of boys
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:40 pm Email this article
The attached chart shows that 35% of US boys aged 5-17, and 36% of US girls are overweight or obese, and that 37% of Greek boys and 45% of Greek girls are overweight or obese.
These two countries have the biggest childhood obesity problem.
At the bottom of the list as the countries with the lowest rates of childhood obesity are:
- 4.5% Girls in China
- 5.9% of Boys in China
- 9.9% of Girls in Korea
- 16.2% of Boys in Korea
- 10.3% of Girls in Turkey
- 11.3% of Boys in Turkey
"One-in-five children are affected by excess body weight across all countries, and in Greece, the United States and Italy the figure is closer to one third. Only in China, Korea and Turkey are 10% or less of children overweight," notes a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which has been around for 50 years.
"Only in China, Korea and Turkey are 10% or less of children overweight.
"In most countries, boys have higher rates of overweight and obesity than do girls.
"Girls tend to have higher rates in Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), as well as in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia,"
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