National Obesity Statistics and Facts (According to www.CDC.gov/obesity/)
Obesity rates among all children in the United States
(Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)
- Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
- Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
- There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents. In 2007—2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.
What are the consequences of childhood obesity?
Health risks now
- Childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to have–
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). In one study, 70% of obese children had at least one CVD risk factor, and 39% had two or more.
- Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea, and asthma.
- Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort.
- Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux (i.e., heartburn).
- Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.
Health risks later
- Obese children are more likely to become obese adults.
- Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.1
- If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.
Washington State Department of Health Statistics (http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/nutritionpa/facts_and_figures/default.htm):
- In 2010, 11 percent of Grade 8 and 12 students, and 10 percent of Grade 10 students were obese based on their reported body mass index. Sixteen percent of Grade 8 students and 15 percent of Grade 10 and 14 percent of Grade 12 students were overweight.
- In 2010, 61 percent of Grade 8 students, 29 percent of Grade 10 students, and 24 percent of Grade 12 students reported that they participated in a physical education class every day during an average school week.
- In 2010, about 52 percent of Grade 8 students, 50 percent of Grade 10 students, and 51 percent of Grade 12 students reported either watching television or playing video games three or more hours on an average school day.
- In 2010, 11 percent of Grade 6 students, 13 percent of Grade 8 students, 12 percent of Grade 10 students, and 13 percent of Grade 12 students reported drinking two or more sodas on the previous day.
The site also breaks down statistics by county.
- Snohomish County: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/diabetes/publications/2010-profiles/Snohomish-10.pdf
- King County: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/diabetes/publications/2010-profiles/King-10.pdf
- Pierce County: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/diabetes/publications/2010-profiles/Pierce-10.pdf Close
The State of Washington's Children report: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/160-183-HYS-AnalyticReport2010.pdf (very good report.. also breaks stats down by economic status, ethnicity, etc.)
- 19% of children ages 6-11yrs are obese in WA
- 14% of children ages 2-5yrs are obese
- 17% of youth 12-19 years are obese
- 2/3 of American adults are obese
- 1/4 children in 8th, 10th & 12th grade are obese
- 30% of 8th graders reported they do not take PE at all
Healthy Youth Survey Results: https://www.askhys.net/PDF_Output/HYS92_Public516604209999999.PDF