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Overweight Children and Adolescents
Topic: Position Statements
Owner: Kathryn Whitmer
Date: 2017-05-08


INTRODUCTION/PROBLEM STATEMENT:                                                              

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (Ogden, Carroll, Kit & Flegal, 2014). According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey the prevalence of obesity among U. S. youth aged 2-19 years was 17.0% in 2011-2014. Overall, the prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children (2-5 years) (8.9%) was lower than among school-aged children (6-11 years) (17.5%) and adolescents (12-19 years) (20.5%). In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2013).

Last Update:4/2017

Reviewed by:

Valerie Badgett, MSN, RN

Approved By:

SPN Education Committee: 04/2004
SPN Board of Directors: 4/2017

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