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Disparities in teen obesity by race/ethnicity foreshadow adult disparities.

At any stage of life, obesity can have serious health consequences, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overweight children are at risk of becoming obese adults; obese children are likely to remain obese in adulthood.

Among King County 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in 2010 …

  • Obesity did not differ by grade.
  • Black non-Hispanic, AI/AN, NHPI, and Hispanic youth had higher obesity rates than Asian or white non-Hispanic youth.
  • Female middle and high school students were less likely than males to report heights and weights that classified them as obese.