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April 9, 2003

Prevalence of Obesity in Children in Alabama and Texas Participating in Social Programs

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(14):1780-1781. doi:10.1001/jama.289.14.1780-a

To the Editor: An increasing number of US children are becoming obese. In a nationally representative sample, Ogden et al1 found that 10.4% of children aged 2 to 5 years had a body mass index (BMI) above the 95th percentile. The numbers were even higher among older children: 15.3% among those aged 6 to 11 years, and 15.5% among those aged 12 to 19 years. Similarly, data from the Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey (YBRSS)2 found a 14% prevalence of overweight among Texas youth and 12% among Alabama youth, both higher than the national prevalence rate of 10%. We examined the prevalence of overweight children by race, sex, and income in these 2 states with higher prevalence rates.

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