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Obesity increased 5 percent in one year
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The prevelance of obesity in the U.S. increased 5.6 percent in one year according to a telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control.
Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, increased from 19.8 percent in 2000 to 20.9 percent in 2001.
The prevelance of diabetes increased 8.2 percent, from 7.3 percent in 2000 to 7.9 percent in 2001.
The prevelance of severe obesity, defined as a BMI of 40 or more, increased by 2.3 percent.
Compared with adults of normal weight, adults with a BMI of 40 or more were
- 7.4 times as likely to have diabetes
- 6.4 times as likely to have high blood pressure
- 1.9 times as likely to have high cholesterol
- 2.7 times as likely to have asthma
- 4.4 times as likely to have arthritis, and
- 4.2 times as likely to have fair or poor health.
The researchers concluded that the prevelance of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. continues to increase for both sexes, all ages, all races, all educational levels, and all smoking levels.
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.
A. H. Mokdad
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
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