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American Teens More Overweight Than Kids in 14 Other Countries

When compared to youths from 14 other industrialized nations, studies show American adolescents are more likely to be overweight. Researchers used body mass index (BMI) and a formula to determine obesity in children. Kids with BMI between the 85th and 94th percentile were considered overweight and those above the 95th percentile obese.

Almost 30,000 13 and 15 year olds from Europe and the United States were included in the study. American boys and girls had the highest levels of obesity followed by children in Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Of the 14 countries who took part in the survey, Lithuania had the lowest proportion of overweight teens.

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