Overweight American Children Becoming Fatter

Overweight American children and adolescents have become fatter over the last decade. Researchers examined shifts over time, and found U.S. children and adolescents had significantly increased body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and triceps skinfold thickness (TST).

The increases were more pronounced in some groups, such as black girls. These groups also gained more abdominal fat over time, as indicated by waist size, which poses greater health risks than elevated BMI.

Newswise reports:

“To examine these changes over time, researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of nationally representative survey data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) since the late 1980’s. They examined the changes in American boys and girls ages 2 to 19, as well as by ethnic groups at the population level.”

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