CDC extends growth charts to track children and teens with severe obesity

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The CDC has updated its growth chart for obese children and teens.

Healthcare providers use standardized charts to track growth from infancy through adolescence.

But they haven’t kept up with rising obesity levels.

The old obesity chart was based on data from 1963 to 1980 and only went up to the 97th percentile.

The new extended one incorporates recent data and goes to higher body mass index values.

The CDC says it isn’t changing the chart for those who aren’t obese.

According to the agency more than 4.5 million children and teens were considered severely obese in 20-17 and 20-18.

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