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New Research Contradicts Report That Said U.S. Children Are Less Obese

April 14, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
All classes of obesity in American children have crept upward over the last 14 years, according to national survey data collected on 26,690 children (ages 2 to 19) between 1999 and 2012.  Applying several definitions of obesity based on height and weight measurements (the body mass index), the researchers found that 17.3 percent of U.S. children ages 2-19 were obese in 2011-2012. At the same time, eight percent met criteria for the two most severe forms of obesity (Class 2 and Class 3). The findings contradict a recent report showing a drop in obesity among young children in the last decade.
Asheley Cockrell Skinner et al., "Prevalence and Trends in Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Children in the United States, 1999-2012. ", JAMA Pediatrics, April 14, 2014, © American Medical Association
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