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Int J Pediatr Obes. 2007;2(1):62-4.

Child overweight and obesity in the USA: prevalence rates according to IOTF definitions.

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International Obesity TaskForce, International Association for the Study of Obesity, London, UK.

Abstract

AIMS:

To establish the prevalence of child overweight and obesity in the USA using IOTF-recommended definitions.

METHODS:

Original data from the NHANES surveys for 1999-2000 and 2003-2004 were analysed using the IOTF cut-offs and prevalence levels calculated using sample weightings provided.

RESULTS:

In 1999-2000, overweight (including obesity) was affecting 29% of school-age children. By 2003-2004 this figure had risen above 35%. Obesity alone was affecting 10% of school children in the 1999-2000, and over 13% in 2003-2004.

CONCLUSION:

The United States is experiencing levels of child overweight and obesity that are among the highest recorded in any country in the world.

PMID:
17763012
DOI:
10.1080/17477160601103948
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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