Cholesterol Levels High in U.S. Children and Adolescents


One in 5 children in the United States has high cholesterol with total cholesterol levels over 200 mg/dL, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers examined cholesterol data of 6-19 year olds as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). More than 7 percent of children and adolescents experienced high total cholesterol, with the highest levels, up to 11 percent, among obese participants and those ages 16-19.

Nguyen D, Kit B, Carroll M. Abnormal cholesterol among children and adolescents in the United States, 2011–2014. NCHS Data Brief. 2015;228:1-8.

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