Childhood obesity Statistics according to the world survey statistics, childhood obesity has dramatically multiplied in kids and quadrupled in teenagers in the previous 30 years. The rate of youngsters aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese expanded from 7% in 1980 to about 18% in 2012. In 2012, more than 33% of kids and youths were overweight or obese.
Since the early 1960s, the prevalence of obesity among adults more than doubled, increasing from 13.4 to 35.7 percent in U.S. adults age 20 and older. 2, 5 Obesity prevalence remained mostly stable from 1999 to 2010, but has increased slightly, yet in a statistically significant way, among men overall, as well as among black women and Mexican American women. 2 Among children and adolescents, the prevalence of obesity also increased in the 1980s and 1990s but is now mostly stable at about 17 percent. In the age group of 6 to 11, almost half of boys (49 percent) and about a third of girls (35 percent) get the recommended amount of physical activity. Physical activity declines with age. While 42 percent of children ages 6 to 11 get 60 minutes a day of physical activity, only about 8 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 15 reach this goal.