Childhood obesity by the numbers

March 21, 2011

Almost 1 in 3

The proportion of American children who are overweight or obese

Nearly 40%

The proportion of African American and Hispanic children who are overweight or obese

Tripled

The childhood obesity rate in the United States over the last 30 years

31%

How many more calories Americans are eating now than they were 40 years ago. That includes 56 percent more calories from fats and oils and 14 percent more from sweeteners.

15 pounds

How much more sugar the average American eats per year now than in 1970

4 to 5 hours

The time a typical U.S. youth spends in front of a TV, computer or video game each day.

1 in 4

The proportion of children who do not participate in any free-time physical activity

Sources: Let’s Move!, CDC

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