Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Pediatric Obesity May Be Leveling Off

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Pediatric Obesity May Be Leveling Off

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FROM PEDIATRICS

By some measures, the prevalence of pediatric and adolescent obesity appears to have leveled off since 2003, according to an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The prevalence of abdominal obesity --as defined by a waist-to-height ratio of 0.5 or higher--reached a peak of 35.5% in 2007-2008, dropping to 32.9% in children and adolescents aged 2-18 years by 2011-2012. When defined as a waist circumference in the 90th percentile or higher, obesity was seen in almost 18% of children and adolescents in 2011-2012 --down from a high of 19.4% in 2007-2008, reported Dr. Bo Xi of Shandong University in Jinan, China, and associates.

The largest decreases from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012 in waist-to-hip ratio were seen among non-Hispanic whites (from 35.3% to 31.4%) and 6-to 11-year-olds (from 33.7% to 30.7%). The largest increase occurred in Mexican Americans, whose prevalence went from 42.5% in 2003-2004 to 46.6% in 2011-2012, the investigators said (Pediatrics 2014;134:e334-9). …

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