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Morning Rounds: Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity
Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 17:12:26-05

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Dr. Blair Davison discusses the importance of donating blood to help others during the Jan. 30, 2020 edition of Morning Rounds.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about childhood obesity on their website, including the following:

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.

For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years1:

  • The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents.
  • Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
  • Hispanics (25.8%) and non-Hispanic blacks (22.0%) had higher obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic whites (14.1%).
  • Non-Hispanic Asians (11.0%) had lower obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.

1Read CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief pdf icon[PDF-603KB]

Note: Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC sex-specific BMI-for-age growth charts.