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Research Article

Immigrant Health Inequalities in the United States: Use of Eight Major National Data Systems

Table 7

Obesity and overweight prevalence (weighted) among US children and adolescents aged 2–19 years ( ) and adults aged 20+ years ( ) by immigrant status: The 1999–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Nativity/immigrant status Childhood
obesity prevalence
Childhood
overweight prevalence
Adult
obesity prevalence
Adult
overweight prevalence
%SE%SE%SE%SE

Total population15.40.531.30.931.80.765.70.6
 US-born15.70.531.60.833.40.766.60.7
 Foreign-born12.21.124.91.522.91.060.91.1
Non-Hispanic white
 US-born13.50.829.51.231.10.764.80.8
 Foreign-born10.02.516.83.624.22.357.82.5
Non-Hispanic black
 US-born19.40.735.20.844.21.074.00.9
 Foreign-born13.82.424.32.821.92.561.42.1
Mexican American
 US-born21.91.038.31.240.21.773.52.0
 Foreign-born16.81.235.61.528.71.470.71.2
Other Hispanic
 US-born20.42.137.82.338.34.472.33.7
 Foreign-born12.23.226.94.526.81.970.82.6
All other ethnic groups
 US-born13.41.626.92.542.14.173.33.0
 Foreign-born4.92.212.83.76.51.735.22.6

Childhood overweight and obesity are defined as body mass index (BMI) at or above the gender- and age-specific 85th and 95th percentile cut-off points from the 2000 CDC growth charts, respectively, and age-specific 85th and 95th percentile cutoff points from the 2000 CDC growth charts, respectively. Adult overweight is defined as body mass index (BMI) 25 and obesity as BMI 30. Obesity and overweight prevalence in NHANES are based on measured height and weight data.