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September 23, 2008

Childhood Obesity and the Impact of Food Marketing to Children

“To understand the extent of the youth obesity epidemic, we need to grasp the trend in youth weight gain over the past few decades. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data revealed that between 1976 and 1980 the prevalence of overweight among youth aged 2-5 years was 5 percent, for youth 6-11 years it was 6.5 percent, and for youth aged 12-19 year it was 5 percent. The most recent data available from NHANES (2003 – 2006) show the prevalence of overweight among America’s youth to be 12.4 percent for 2-5 year olds, 17 percent for 6-11 year olds and 17.6 percent for 12-19 year olds.”

(Statement of Dr. Julie Gerberding before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government)

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