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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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Table 8.1 Proportion of children with BMI outwith the healthy range, and prevalence of overweight and obesity in children, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, by age and sex

Aged 2-15 with both valid height and weight measurements a
1998, 2003, 2008, 2009

BMI status (National BMI percentiles)

Age

Total

2-6

7-11

12-15

%

%

%

%

Boys

Outwith healthy range b

1998

30.2

28.0

29.4

29.2

2003

32.2

33.6

35.9

33.9

2008

27.7

44.2

42.1

38.2

2009

24.0

33.7

36.0

31.0

Overweight (including obese) c

1998

29.1

27.3

26.9

27.8

2003

30.0

33.1

34.1

32.4

2008

25.9

43.4

38.2

36.1

2009

23.0

32.6

33.1

29.4

Girls

Outwith healthy range b

1998

28.6

28.9

34.1

30.4

2003

28.5

30.7

33.0

30.7

2008

26.4

25.2

35.2

28.7

2009

24.5

27.9

34.2

28.3

Overweight (including obese) c

1998

26.4

27.3

31.6

28.3

2003

27.0

28.2

31.8

28.9

2008

26.0

23.1

32.1

26.9

2009

24.0

26.4

32.0

27.0

All children

Outwith healthy range b

1998

29.4

28.5

31.7

29.7

2003

30.3

32.1

34.5

32.3

2008

27.1

35.3

38.7

33.6

2009

24.3

30.8

35.2

29.7

Overweight (including obese) c

1998

27.8

27.3

29.2

28.0

2003

28.5

30.7

33.0

30.7

2008

26.0

33.9

35.1

31.7

2009

23.5

29.5

32.6

28.2

Bases (weighted):

Boys 1998

318

364

284

967

Boys 2003

378

449

377

1205

Boys 2008

322

362

256

939

Boys 2009

215

246

192

653

Girls 1998

307

334

275

915

Girls 2003

379

438

343

1159

Girls 2008

205

216

190

611

Girls 2009

318

363

226

906

All children 1998

625

698

559

1882

All children 2003

757

887

720

2364

All children 2008

420

462

382

1264

All Children 2009

640

724

482

1846

Bases (unweighted):

Boys 1998

581

640

521

1742

Boys 2003

301

343

303

947

Boys 2008

215

240

182

637

Boys 2009

391

425

356

1172

Girls 1998

563

607

505

1675

Girls 2003

309

324

264

897

Girls 2008

205

217

208

630

Girls 2009

396

444

351

1191

All children 1998

1144

1247

1026

3417

All children 2003

787

869

707

2363

All children 2008

420

457

390

1267

a Children whose BMI was more than 3 standard deviations above or below the norm for their age were excluded from the table
b BMI at or below 5th percentile, at or above 85th percentile
c BMI at or above 85th percentile