FIGURE 1-2 Projected increases in adult obesity (defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) if current trends continue, for males and females in three U.S. ethnic groups.

FIGURE 1-2 Projected increases in adult obesity (defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) if current trends continue, for males and females in three U.S. ethnic groups.

SOURCE: Adapted from Wang et al., 2008.

Obesity prevalence decreases with increasing income in non-Hispanic white children and is lowest in the high-income group among Mexican American children. No clear income gradient is observed in African American children, although higher risk with increasing income is suggested. However, the proportion of African American children who are obese is higher than that of white children at all income levels. The overall burden of obesity associated with living below the poverty line applies to 43 percent of African American and 40 percent of Mexican American children and to 16 percent of white children.

FIGURE 1-3 Projected increases in childhood obesity (defined as BMI ≥ 95th percentile based on CDC growth charts) if current trends continue, for males and females in three U.S. ethnic groups.

FIGURE 1-3 Projected increases in childhood obesity (defined as BMI ≥ 95th percentile based on CDC growth charts) if current trends continue, for males and females in three U.S. ethnic groups.

SOURCE: Adapted from Wang et al., 2008.



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