Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight

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.

Data Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Metrics Calculation

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/.

Additional Information

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.

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Age Group

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Age Group

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Number of Chronic Conditions

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Chronic Condition

For more information on how chronic conditions were defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Coverage Type

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Coverage Type

For insurance estimates, the following definitions are used: private insurance excludes plans that pay for only one type of service, such as dental or vision care. Persons covered by both Medicare and Medigap plans are classified as having public coverage. Public coverage includes Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plan, Medicare (disability), Indian Health Service or military health care (TRICARE, VA, or CHAMP-VA).

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Education Level

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Education Level

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Income Level

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Income Level

Poverty is defined by the Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. For more information on the definition of poverty, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Race and Ethnicity

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Race and Ethnicity

For more information on how race and ethnicity was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Self Reported Health Status

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Self Reported Health Status

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight by Sex

Measure 36a : Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight | Sex