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Childhood Obesity: 10% of 2-year-olds obese, 15% of 6- to 19-year olds
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From 1971-1974 to 1999-2000, obesity among children 2- to 5-year-olds has increased from 5 percent to 10.4 percent according to the Institute of Medicine's report on Childhood Obesity (2004, p. 63). 6-11 year olds: Obesity increased from 4% to 15%
Obesity among 6- to 11-year-olds during the same time period increased from 4 percent to 15.3 percent.
12-19 year olds: Obesity increased from 6% to 16%
Obesity among 12- to 19-year-olds during the same time period increased from 6.1 percent to 15.5 percent.
Definition of childhood obesity: 95th percentile
Obesity among children in this report is defined as having a body weight at or above the 95th percentile for their age and sex.
Note: This definition of obesity among children has been criticized being arbitrary. I agree. In 2000, BMI tables were published for children relating to adult BMI???s of 25 and 30, the adult cutoff points for overweight and obesity.
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Preventing childhood obesity: Health in the balance. Institute of Medicine. 2004 Sep 30, 482 pages.
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