Children and Adolescents

Prevalence of overweight among children (age 7 years)

Children who were overweight (numerator), among 6 year-old children with documented BMI components (denominator)


Nearly one in six children are overweight or obese in OECD countries; in 2015, the country-specific prevalence of overweight and obesity at age 15 ranged from 10% to 31%. Despite the implementation of new policies to combat obesity, prevalence has steadily increased since 2000 in most countries [1]. Monitoring weight and height in children and adolescents is of great importance, as early detection of overweight or obesity and intervention may prompt the adoption of a healthier lifestyle. In addition, the detection of extreme thinness should be carefully addressed, as it may signify malnutrition, morbidity, or eating disorders [2]. The Israeli Ministry of Health recommends recording weight and height at least once between the ages of 5-7 years, and every three years in adolescence [3]. The BMI category in this measure is based on the WHO Anthro sex- and age-specific BMI percentiles [4].


Children in the denominator who were overweight (BMI >= 85th percentile and <97.7th percentile)


6 year-old children with documented BMI components




[1] “Obesity-Update-2017,” OECD, 2017. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 15-Feb-2018].
[2]G?ng?r NK: Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol 2014, 6(3):129-143.
[3] In Hebrew: משרד הבריאות. חובת תיעוד של גורמי סיכון ואורחות חיים בתיק הרפואי הממוחשב. חוזר המנהל 2011 ביולי, 18 הכללי. Available at:
[4]World Health Organization. Growth reference 5-19 years 2017. Available at:

Prevalence of overweight among children by year
Prevalence of overweight among children by socio-economic position (1-lowest, 4-highest) and sex
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