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Overweight and Obesity Among Children and Adolescents 6–19 Years of Age

The following table lists the percentage of overweight and obese American children ages 6–19 years old. Dates for overweight data are from 1963–2004, and dates for obese children are from 1963–2012, as reported by the National Center for Health Statistics. The data shows that obesity has more than tripled in the United states between 1960 and 2000.

Age (years)1 1963–1965
1966–19702
1971–1974 1976–1980 1988–1994 1999–2000 2003–2004 2009–2012
Overweight
6–11 4% 4% 7% 11% 15% 18.8%
12–19 5 6 5 11 15 17.4
Obese
6–11 4.2% 4.0% 6.5% 11.3% 15.1% 18.8% 17.9%
12–19 4.6 6.1 5.0 10.5 14.8 17.4 19.4
*Estimates are considered unreliable and have a relative standard error of 20–30 percent. ( —) Data not available.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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