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The Scottish Health Survey 2008

Published: 29 Sep 2009
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Statistics
ISBN:
9780755981076

The Scottish Health Survey 2008

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The Scottish Health Survey 2008
Table 7.6 Children's body mass index ( BMI), by age and sex

Table 7.6 Children's body mass index ( BMI), by age and sex

Aged 2-15 with both valid height and weight measurements
2008

BMI status (National BMI percentiles) a

Age

Total

2-6

7-11

12-15

%

%

%

%

Boys

Underweight (at or below 5 th percentile)

1.8

0.8

3.9

2.1

Healthy weight (above 5th percentile & below 85th percentile)

72.3

55.8

57.9

61.8

Overweight (at or above 85th percentile & below 95th percentile)

18.1

20.5

19.1

19.3

Obese (at or above 95th percentile & below 98th percentile)

4.8

9.2

9.5

7.8

Morbidly obese (at or above 98th percentile)

3.0

13.7

9.6

9.0

Outwith healthy range (at or below 5 th percentile, at or above 85th percentile)

27.7

44.2

42.1

38.2

Overweight (including obese) (at or above 85 th percentile)

25.9

43.4

38.2

36.1

Girls

Underweight (at or below 5th percentile)

0.4

2.1

3.2

1.9

Healthy weight (above 5th percentile & below 85th percentile)

73.6

74.8

64.8

71.3

Overweight (at or above 85th percentile & below 95th percentile)

13.1

11.8

16.3

13.6

Obese (at or above 95th percentile & below 98th percentile)

7.7

5.8

6.4

6.6

Morbidly obese (at or above 98th percentile)

5.3

5.5

9.4

6.6

Outwith healthy range (at or below 5th percentile, at or above 85th percentile)

26.4

25.2

35.2

28.7

Overweight (including obese) (at or above 85th percentile)

26.0

23.1

32.1

26.9

Bases (weighted):

Boys

215

246

192

653

Girls

205

216

190

611

Bases (unweighted):

Boys

215

240

182

637

Girls

205

217

208

630