Monday, September 6, 2010

2 In 5 Kids in New York Are Overweight Or Obese

According to a new report, 2 out of every 5 of New York City's children from kindergarten to eighth grade, are either overweight or obese.

This figure, released in a report on Sunday, comes from the latest New York City (NYC) Fitnessgram assessment, a new program that was piloted in 2005-06 and is now in place across the city.

The program uses height and weight measures collected through a school year and converts them into body mass index (BMI) measures. These, together with the results of a fitness test, are sent to parents.

The latest figures for BMI, covering school year 2008-09, shows that 40 per cent of New York City's nearly 637,000 pre-highschoolers, that is from age around 5 or 6 to around 13 or 14 years, are overweight or obese, which is about the same as the previous year.

This is roughly in line with the national average: according to the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 35.5 per cent of 6 to 11-year olds across the US are either overweight or obese. (The NYC Fitnessgram uses the same BMI for age percentile categories as the CDC, where obesity for example is defined as a BMI greater than the 95th percentile.)

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