FIGURE 2-28 Breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding rates at 6 months of age, 1971-2001.

FIGURE 2-28 Breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding rates at 6 months of age, 1971-2001.

SOURCE: Ryan et al., 2002. Reproduced with permission from Pediatrics, Vol. 110, pp. 1103-1109. Copyright © 2002 by the AAP.

[accessed April 15, 2009]) (Figure 2-29). Recent data suggest that this trend may be slowing (Ogden et al., 2008). Population estimates from 2003 through 2006 suggest that almost a third of 2-19 year olds were at or above the 85th BMI percentile for sex and age (Ogden et al., 2008). Of these, 16 percent were above the 95th percentile, well above the Healthy People 2010 goal of 5 percent, and 11.3 percent were above 97th percentile (rates of high BMI varied by age and race/ethnicity). Non-Hispanic black adolescents have a dramatically greater prevalence of overweight compared to non-Hispanic whites; Mexican American girls also have somewhat higher rates (Table 2-8).



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