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During 2020, Overweight & Obesity Among Children Ages 5 Through 17 Rose To Over 40%

Between March 2020 and January 2021, the incidence of overweight and obesity among children ages 5 to 17 rose to over 40%. The increase was particularly pronounced among younger children, with a relative increase of almost 24%.

Among children ages 5 to 11 years, the incidence of overweight and obesity rose from 36.2% to 45.7%, representing an absolute increase of 8.7% from January 2020, and a relative increase of 23.8%. Among children ages 12 to 15, the incidence rose from 38.7% …

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