Childhood obesity by the numbers

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Monday, March 21, 2011; 4:01 PM

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


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