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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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Table 8.3 Children's body mass index ( BMI), 2008/2009 combined, by parental body mass index ( BMI) and sex

Aged 2-15 with both valid height and weight measurements a with at least one parent with both valid height and weight measurements (main sample only)
2008/2009 combined

BMI status (National BMI percentiles)

Parental BMI

Underweight/ healthy weight

Overweight

Obese

%

%

%

Boys

Underweight b

2.7

1.4

0.6

Healthy weight c

74.2

71.9

57.3

Overweight d

11.6

16.9

19.0

Obese / morbidly obese e

11.6

9.7

23.1

Outwith healthy range f

25.8

28.1

42.7

Overweight (including obese) g

23.2

26.6

42.0

Girls

Underweight b

2.6

1.8

1.0

Healthy weight c

79.9

74.7

63.8

Overweight d

7.7

13.5

15.0

Obese / morbidly obese e

9.8

10.0

20.3

Outwith healthy range f

20.1

25.3

36.2

Overweight (including obese) g

17.6

23.4

35.2

All children

Underweight b

2.6

1.6

0.8

Healthy weight c

77.1

73.3

60.4

Overweight d

9.6

15.2

17.1

Obese / morbidly obese e

10.7

9.9

21.7

Outwith healthy range f

22.9

26.7

39.6

Overweight (including obese) g

20.3

25.1

38.8

Bases (weighted):

Boys

231

360

352

Girls

239

351

316

All children

469

711

667

Bases (unweighted):

Boys

229

353

351

Girls

232

346

336

All children

461

699

687



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
c BMI above 5th percentile, below 85th percentile
d BMI at or above 85th percentile, below 95th percentile
e BMI at or above 95th percentile
f BMI at or below 5th percentile, at or above 85th percentile
g BMI at or above 85th percentile