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Number of children aged 6 to 11 years with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the sex-and age-specific 95th percentile from the CDC Growth Charts; United States
Number of children aged 6 to 11 years
The NHANES obtains measured weights in an examination gown and heights without shoes. BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters. Children and adolescents with a BMI at or above the sex-and age-specific 95th percentile based on the 2000 CDC growth charts are considered obese.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
Additional resources about the objective
CDC Growth Charts
- Troiano RP and Flegal KM. Overweight children and adolescents: Description, epidemiology, and demographics. Pediatrics 101:497-504, 1998.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Vision for Health and Fit Nation, Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, January 2010.