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US: Child obesity may have levelled off

The percentage of US children who are overweight or obese seems to have levelled off after increasing for the past 25 years. About 32 percent of children aged 2-19 are overweight or obese. Of these, about 16 percent are obese.  However, even if the childhood obesity epidemic has really peaked, the levels remain frighteningly high.

Read more: Time, 27 May 2008

High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006

“The prevalence of high BMI for age among children and adolescents showed no significant changes between 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 and no significant trends between 1999 and 2006,” conclude CDC researchers.

Read the abstract in JAMA, 28 May 2008

Climb in child obesity may be slowing

“There appears to be some initial optimistic news on the childhood obesity front – the rate of obesity has not increased since 1999, according to the results of a new study.”

Read more: KidsAd Law, 2 July 2008

Obesity epidemic in U.S. kids may have peaked

The percentage of American children who are overweight or obese appears to have leveled off after a 25-year increase. Dr David Ludwig cautions that it is too soon to know whether this is a true plateau or just a temporary lull.

Read more: MSNBC, 27 May 2008_

Published on May 30, 2008 in International news