Nearly one in five U.S. kids are obese, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reported by the Associated Press. The findings come from a health survey that measures participants’ height and weight conducted in 2017 and 2018. The surveys found that 19.3% of kids aged 2–19 were obese, which is up slightly from 18.5% in the 2015–2016 national survey. The increase isn’t considered statistically significant, meaning there is a mathematical chance the rates didn’t truly rise. However, it follows an upward trend from 2005–2006, when 15.4% of U.S. kids were obese. The percentage of kids who are severely obese remains at about 6%, where it has been for several years.
The CDC quietly released the findings in an infographic in the April 3 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).