23.9 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese; 33.0% of boys and 30.4% of girls.
Of these children, 12.7 million are obese; 18.6% of boys and 15.0% of girls.
The obesity epidemic is dis proportionally more rampant among children living in low income, low education, and
higher unemployment households, according to data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.
Data from 2011
American Indian/Alaskan Native
youth have an obesity
rate of 17.7%,
whereas rates are 14.7% for Hispanics, 10.6%
for non-Hispanic blacks, 10.3%
for non-Hispanic whites, and 9.3% for Asian/Pacific Islanders.
obesity continues to increase prevalence in male
youth of 5% but not in female youth.
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