Published Online: October 16, 2006

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Today’s Children Taller and Heavier, Report Finds

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Children in the United States today are, on average, taller and weigh more than children did in the 1960s, according to a report.

Produced by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a program under the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report measured body mass index, weight, and height for children ages 2-19 between 1960 and 2002. Over that time period, for instance, the average weight of 6-year-old boys increased from 48.4 pounds in 1963-65 to 51.7 pounds in 1999-2002, and for 47.4 pounds to 49.2 pounds for 6-year-old girls during that time. There was also a slight height increase for both boys and girls between 1963-65 and 1999-2002.

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