In 2003-2004, 17.1% of US children and adolescents were overweight.
- Research indicates an increase in the prevalence of overweight in female children and adolescents from 13.8% in 1999-2000 to 16.0% in 2003-2004 and an increase in the prevalence of overweight in male children and adolescents from 14.0% to 18.2%.
- From 1999-2004 the prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents increased. This suggests that increases in body weight are continuing in children and adolescents.
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