Childhood obesity is closely related to adult obesity and, in adulthood, obesity contributes to leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight
Children 2-17 years with a healthy weight. Crude prevalence estimates (i.e. not age-adjusted) of civilian, non-institutionalized population are provided. Healthy BMI for children: A BMI greater than or equal to the 5th percentile and less than the 85th percentile of sex specific CDC growth charts. BMI: Body mass index, which is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. For more information, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/.
Inclusion Criteria: All non-pregnant survey participants ages 2-17 years with height and weight measurements.
Exclusion Criteria: Pregnant females and children under 2 years of age because there is no agreed upon definition of healthy weight in infants and toddlers under 2 years of age.
Two years of data were pooled to create the estimates by population characteristics because of sample size limitations. Due to small sample sizes for NHANES data, 95% confidence intervals are provided, which are important for interpreting the variability around the prevalence point estimates.
This measure is calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.