Youth Obesity Statistics By Age & Gender: Sharp Increase Across The Board Starting In The Late 70’s
Both males and females have seen significant increases in obesity rates over the last 45 years, although the rate of obese female children and teenagers is now slightly lower than that of obese males.
For children aged 6 to 11, the obesity rates for boys and girls were virtually identical until around 1999 when the rate of obese boys began to increase at a faster rate. As of the latest data, 21.2% of boys were obese compared to 18% of girls.
Teenagers aged 12 to 19 have shown a similar trend, with obesity in male teenagers most recently reaching 19.3% versus obese female teenagers who were most recently recorded at 16.8%.
The following chart and spreadsheet compare three groups for the childhood and teenage age ranges:
- Both genders
- Male only
- Female only
Obesity Percentages By Age and Gender