Table 3.

Prevalence of Overweight Based on Percentage of 2- to 5-Year-Old Children Above the 95th Percentile of the Weight-for-Stature Growth Reference, Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988 Through 1994)

ChildrenAge
2 and 3 y, % (SE)4 and 5 y, % (SE)
Both sexes*3.4 (0.5)7.9 (0.9)
Boys*2.1 (0.6)5.0 (0.9)
 Non-Hispanic white1.1 (0.6)2.7 (1.1)
 Non-Hispanic black2.8 (1.0)8.5 (1.9)
 Mexican-American6.2 (1.7)12.0 (2.4)
Girls*4.8 (0.8)10.8 (1.4)
 Non-Hispanic white2.8 (0.8)9.0 (1.7)
 Non-Hispanic black5.6 (1.4)11.2 (2.1)
 Mexican-American10.5 (2.0)13.2 (1.8)
  • * Includes data for children of other racial/ethnic groups.