Table 4.

Percentage of Children 6 to 23 Months of Age Above the 95th Percentile of the Weight-for-Length Growth Reference, 1971 Through 1974 to 1988 Through 1994*

Survey*Boys, % (SE)Girls, % (SE)
6–11 mo
 All races
  NHANES I
  NHANES II4.0 (1.3)6.2 (2.4)
  NHANES III7.5 (1.1)10.8 (1.2)
 White
  NHANES I
  NHANES II2.7 (1.3)6.5 (2.8)
  NHANES III7.3 (1.3)11.1 (1.4)
 Black
  NHANES I
  NHANES II9.0 (3.3)
  NHANES III9.5 (3.2)10.7 (2.9)
 Mexican-American§
  HHANES4.5 (2.7)7.3 (3.1)
  NHANES III12.2 (4.4)16.3 (3.9)
12–23 mo
 All races
  NHANES I7.5 (1.8)6.1 (1.8)
  NHANES II7.2 (1.5)7.2 (1.5)
  NHANES III7.5 (1.3)9.5 (1.4)
 White
  NHANES I8.3 (2.2)5.7 (1.8)
  NHANES II6.6 (1.6)7.5 (1.6)
  NHANES III7.6 (1.4)7.9 (1.4)
 Black
  NHANES I3.8 (1.8)8.9 (6.2)
  NHANES II11.8 (4.4)6.8 (2.2)
  NHANES III6.4 (1.7)15.2 (3.3)
 Mexican-American§
  HHANES7.9 (2.3)11.3 (3.5)
  NHANES III13.6 (1.9)14.0 (3.2)
  • * National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) I, 1971 through 1974; NHANES II, 1976 through 1980; Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HHANES), 1982 through 1984; and NHANES III, 1988 through 1994.

  • NHANES I did not include children younger than 1 year.

  • Does not meet minimum sample size requirement.

  • § Mexican-American children are included in the white and black estimates from NHANES III.