Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent Since 1990s

Wowee take a look at these alarming figures!

Taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) quoted from this article:

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and 2004, the percentage of 6- to 11 year-old children with high BMI scores rose about 25 percent (15.1 percent in 1999-2000 to 18.8 percent in 2003-04). But the increase in abdominal obesity of the same group over the same period was even more dramatic, more than 35 percent (14.2 percent in 1999-2000 to 19.2 percent in 2003-04).

"Those increases only grow more alarming as you tease out specific age groups over longer periods of time," Cook said. "For example, between the 1988-1994 data and the 1999-2004 data, the largest relative increase in the prevalence of abdominal obesity occurred among 2- to 5-year old boys -- 84 percent -- and 18- to 19-year-old girls -- 126 percent."



Anonymous said...

Belly fat from too many carbs!! The young teenage girls seem kind of proud of their belly fat as they display it in their low-cut jeans and midriff top!!

Sherrie said...

I always hated rolls even now after having my daughter though I have lost most of the weight I regained during pregnancy, I am soft around the waist so I am very fussy with what I wear.

You know I never appreciated how slim I had become on atkins until now, It was such a good feeling not having to worry about any bulges, I miss that!