Key facts about childhood obesity
• The proportion of U.S. youth who are obese continued to increase in 2015-2016, reaching a new high of 19 percent, more than triple the 5 percent proportion in 1971-1974.
• In 2015-2016, Hispanic males were more likely to be obese than their non-Hispanic black, white, and Asian peers (28 percent, versus 19, 15, and 12 percent, respectively). Non-Hispanic black and Hispanic females were more likely to be obese than their non-Hispanic white and Asian peers (at 25 and 24 percent, versus 14 and 10 percent, respectively).
• The proportion of obesity in children and youth increases with age; 14 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds were obese in 2015-2016, compared with 18 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds and 21 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds.