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Health, fair or poor: Extremely obesity (BMI greater than 40) increases the risk 4.2 fold
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Extreme obesity, that is having a body mass index of 40 or more, increases the risk of being in fair or poor health 4.2-fold as self-reported by people who were surveyed according to a paper from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2.3% have BMI of 40 or more
As of 2001, the prevalence of BMI of 40 or higher was 2.3 percent.
Subjects: 195,005 adults
This data was collected from a random-digit telephone survey of 195,005 adults aged 18 years or older residing in all states participating in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2001.
A BMI Table can be found here.
Mokdad A, Ford E, Bowman B, Dietz W, Vinicor F, Bales V, Marks J. Prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and obesity-related health risk factors, 2001. JAMA. 2003 Jan 1, 289(1):76-79.
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Division of Adult and Community Health
4770 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA
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