What are the international prevalence rates of obesity in children?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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International data reporting regarding childhood obesity varies, and accuracy may be less than optimal; however, Eneli and Dele Davies reported that in 77% of the countries analyzed, the prevalence rate for children who were overweight was at least 10%. [14] Notably, the highest rates for children at risk for obesity were found in Malta (25.4%) and the United States (25.1%). Lithuania (5.1%) and Latvia (5.9%) had the lowest rates. A recent European Youth Heart Study suggests Swedish children have a lower risk of becoming overweight or obese in adolescence compared with Estonian children. [15]


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