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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 1.83
Percent of overweight children and teens age 2-19 who had been told by a doctor or health professional that they were overweight, United States, 1999-2002
Population group Percent Standard error
Totala 37.0 2.5
Age 2-5c 17.6 4.0
6-11 32.8 4.0
12-19 45.7 3.6
Ethnicity Mexican American 37.2 2.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 43.4 2.6
Non-Hispanic, White 34.9 3.7
Gender Female 36.8 2.8
Male 37.1 3.3
Family incomeb Negative/poor 44.8 4.3
Near poor/low 32.2 3.7
Middle 37.1 4.8
Highc 30.7 6.1

a Includes persons of all races and ethnicities (including all Hispanic origins), not just non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Mexican Americans.

b Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

c Estimates have a relative standard error of 20-30 percent.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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