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Deaths caused by obesity probably overestimated
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:14 am Email this article
It has recently been said that obesity kills an estimated 400,000 people in the U.S. each year, however, the real number is probably lower than this according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Although they don’t give their own estimate, they suggest the number of deaths could easily be overestimated by 17 percent (overestimated by 70,000 people, the real number of deaths being 330,000), or possibly even overestimated by 83 percent (overestimated by 180,000, the real number of deaths being 220,000) or even more.
The reason for this is that some risk factors may not have been fully adjusted for when they made their calculations, and their might have been a larger percentage of people over the age of 80 years old than they assumed.
Flegal K, Graubard B, Williamson D. Methods of calculating deaths attributable to obesity. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Aug 15, 160(4):331-38.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Katherine M. Flegal
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4311
Hyattsville, MD 20782
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