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  • Obesity in US adults had increased from 15% in 1980 to 31% in 2002, overweight from 47% to 65%


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    Wednesday, January 12, 2005 6:50 am Email this article
    Obesity in the US adults has increased from 15 percent in 1976-1980 to 23 percent in 1988-1994 to 31 percent in 1999-2002. Overweight in the US adults has increased from 47 percent in 1976-1980 to 56 percent in 1988-1994 to 65 percent in 1999-2002.

    This according to National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys as noted in a new paper by Janet Shortt.

    Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.

    Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 or more.

    REFERENCE

    Shortt J. Obesity—a public health dilemma. AORN J. 2004 Dec, 80(6):1069-78.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Janet Shortt, RN, CNOR
    Bon Secours Richmond St. Mary’s Hospital
    Richmond, VA, USA

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