The Post defines overweight children as those with BMI in the 85th to 94th percentile and obese as those in the 95th and higher. This follows the 2007 recommendations of the Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity.
NOTE: Percentages in first two charts are rounded. | SOURCES: National Survey of Children's Health 2003, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Center for Health Statistics
Obesity Threatens a Generation Article | An epidemic of obesity is compromising the lives of millions of American children, with burgeoning problems that reveal how much more vulnerable young bodies are to the toxic effects of fat.