Table 76

Overweight among children and adolescents 6–19 years of age, by selected characteristics: United States, 1963–1965 through 2003–2006

[Data are based on physical examinations of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population]

Click here for spreadsheet version

Sex, age, race and Hispanic origin 1, and percent of poverty level1963–1965
1966–1970 2
1971–19741976–1980 31988–19941999–20022003–2006
6–11 years of agePercent of population
Both sexes 44.24.06.511.315.817.0
Boys4.0*4.36.611.616.918.0
 Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White only- - -- - -6.110.714.015.5
  Black or African American only- - -- - -6.812.317.018.6
 Mexican- - -- - -13.317.526.527.5
Girls4.5*3.66.411.014.715.8
 Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White only- - -- - -5.2*9.813.114.4
  Black or African American only- - -- - -11.217.022.824.0
 Mexican- - -- - -9.815.317.119.7
Percent of poverty level: 5
 Below 100%- - -- - -- - -11.419.122.0
 100%–less than 200%- - -- - -- - -11.116.419.2
 200% or more- - -- - -- - -11.114.313.5
12–19 years of age
Both sexes 44.66.15.010.516.017.6
Boys4.56.14.811.316.718.2
 Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White only- - -- - -3.811.614.617.3
  Black or African American only- - -- - -6.110.718.718.5
 Mexican- - -- - -7.714.124.722.1
Girls4.76.25.39.715.316.8
 Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White only- - -- - -4.68.912.614.5
  Black or African American only- - -- - -10.716.323.527.7
 Mexican- - -- - -8.8*13.419.619.9
Percent of poverty level: 5
 Below 100%- - -- - -- - -15.819.819.3
 100%–less than 200%- - -- - -- - -11.215.118.4
 200% or more- - -- - -- - -7.914.916.3
*

Estimates are considered unreliable. Data preceded by an asterisk have a relative standard error of 20%–30%.

- - -

Data not available.

1

Persons of Mexican origin may be of any race. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are tabulated according to the 1997 Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity and are not strictly comparable with estimates for earlier years. The two non-Hispanic race categories shown in the table conform to the 1997 Standards. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are for persons who reported only one racial group. Prior to data year 1999, estimates were tabulated according to the 1977 Standards. Estimates for single-race categories prior to 1999 included persons who reported one race or, if they reported more than one race, identified one race as best representing their race. See Appendix II, Hispanic origin; Race.

2

Data for 1963–1965 are for children 6–11 years of age; data for 1966–1970 are for adolescents 12–17 years of age, not 12–19 years.

3

Data for Mexicans are for 1982–1984. See Appendix I, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

4

Includes persons of all races and Hispanic origins, not just those shown separately.

5

Percent of poverty level is based on family income and family size. Persons with unknown percent of poverty level are excluded (3% in 2003–2006). See Appendix II, Family income; Poverty.

NOTES: Overweight is defined as body mass index (BMI) at or above the sex- and age-specific 95th percentile BMI cutoff points from the 2000 CDC Growth Charts: United States. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no 314. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2000. Age is at time of examination at the mobile examination center. Crude rates, not age-adjusted rates, are shown. Excludes pregnant girls starting with 1971–1974. Pregnancy status not available for 1963–1965 and 1966–1970. Standard errors for selected years are available in the spreadsheet version of this table. Available from: http://www​.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. Data have been revised and differ from previous versions of Health, United States. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCES: CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1982–1984), and National Health Examination Survey (1963–1965 and 1966–1970).

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2008
Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults.
National Center for Health Statistics (US) .
Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2009 Mar.

NCBI Bookshelf. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.