Childhood obesity rates hit all-time high, survey finds

About 19 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese — a record high, according to the latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

The latest data reflects survey responses from 2017-18. The obesity rate was highest among young people ages 12-19 at 21.2 percent, followed by youth ages 6-11 at 20.3 percent and lowest at 13.4 percent among those ages 2-5. 

Overall, boys had higher obesity rates than girls. Further, the rates were highest among Black and Hispanic youth, placing them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and more severe infections from COVID-19, according to the data. 

The National Health and Nutrition Examination survey is conducted every two years and combines interviews with physical examinations. The survey size is about 10,000. 

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