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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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Table 8.5 Children's body mass index ( BMI), and prevalence of overweight and obesity in children, 2008/2009 combined, by equivalised household income quintile and sex

Aged 2-15 with both valid height and weight measurements a
2008/2009 combined

BMI status (National BMI percentiles)

Equivalised annual household income quintile

1 st
(highest)

2 nd

3 rd

4 th

5 th
(lowest)

%

%

%

%

%

Boys

Underweight b

1.0

1.3

1.6

2.2

2.2

Healthy weight c

68.6

67.6

65.5

68.2

63.0

Overweight d

16.7

16.2

17.9

16.8

14.2

Obese / morbidly obese e

13.7

14.9

15.1

12.9

20.6

Outwith healthy range f

31.4

32.4

34.5

31.8

37.0

Overweight (including obese) g

30.4

31.1

33.0

29.7

34.8

Girls

Underweight b

0.4

0.7

3.0

1.6

1.6

Healthy weight c

70.4

75.7

70.7

66.9

75.3

Overweight d

14.1

12.6

12.9

14.1

11.8

Obese / morbidly obese e

15.1

11.0

13.4

17.3

11.4

Outwith healthy range f

29.6

24.3

29.3

33.1

24.7

Overweight (including obese) g

29.2

23.6

26.3

31.4

23.2

Bases (weighted):

Boys

269

279

312

295

309

Girls

250

269

286

266

308

Bases (unweighted):

Boys

266

289

320

297

287

Girls

254

287

296

271

292

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