Obesity Statistics in the United States
Incidence of Childhood Obesity in the United States | NEJM
Adolescent obesity in the United States has many importantimplications for both the health and well-being of the individualand society. Specific negative impacts of obesity on health includeincreased susceptibility to a host of diseases, chronic healthdisorders, psychological disorders, and premature death, which in turn add billions ofdollars in health care costs each year. Excess medical costs due tooverweight adolescents are estimated at more than $14 billion peryear. Furthermore, adolescent obesityaffects our nation’s ability to protect itself; more than aquarter of 17- to 24-year-olds are not fit to enroll in themilitary due to their weight.
NCCP | Adolescent Obesity in the United States
Adolescence is a crucial period for establishing healthybehaviors. Many of the habits formed during this developmentalstage will last well into adulthood. Although obesity is a complexproblem not yet fully understood by researchers, by addressing theknown factors that contribute to obesity in adolescence,policymakers can help ensure a healthy and productive adulthood forour nation’s youth.
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NHANES (2007–2008) data are based on the body-mass index (BMI) calculated from measured height and weight among persons 12 to 19 years old; the other data are based on the BMI calculated from self-reported height and weight among children in 9th to 12th grade (YRBS 2009) and among adults (BRFSS 2009). For adults (defined as 18 years of age or older in BRFSS and 20 years of age or older in NHANES), obesity is defined as a BMI of at least 30. For children, obesity is defined as a BMI greater than or equal to the age- and sex-specific 95th-percentile standard on the CDC 2000 BMI-for-age growth charts. The CDC 2000 growth charts for children older than 6 years are based on measured heights and weights obtained between 1963 and 1994.