Obesity rates among American Children

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In the early 1970s, 4% of American children 5 to 11 years of age were obese. In 2008, what proportion of American children 5 to 11 years of age were obese?

  • 19.6%

See Cheryl Fryar and colleagues, “Prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents: United States, trends 1963-1965 through 2009-2010,” published September 13 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, full text online at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity_child_09_10/obesity_child_09_10.htm. There was a similar quadrupling in the rate of obesity among American adolescents 12 to 19 years of age, from 4.6% in 1970 to 18.4% in 2010. For more about why this happened and what you can do about it, please see chapter 4 of my book The Collapse of  Parenting: Why most kids today would be better off raised outside the United States // What you need to know, and the three things you must do, if you’re staying here (Basic Books, 2015).


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