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The Obesity Epidemic

Increases in prevalence overweight youth from 1970s to 2006 Nationwide

In 2-5 yo up from 5% to 12.4%

In 6-11yo up from 4% to 17%

In 12-19 yo up from 6.1% to 17.6%

Since 1980 alone the percentage of youth considered obese has tripled

New York City has 1.1 million public school students

Compared with children nationwide, NYC children are more likely to be obese (21% vs. 17%) and overweight (18% vs. 14%).

43% of NYC public elementary students are overweight or obese

1 in 5 kindergarteners and 1 in 4 1st graders

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