Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

US Obesity Grows 74% in a Decade. (News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

US Obesity Grows 74% in a Decade. (News)

Article excerpt

A nationwide, randomized telephone survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown a fat 5.6% growth in obesity in the United States in the single year 2001-02, and a massive 74% since 1991. Type two diabetes is following the same track (Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, 1 January 2003, p. 76-9).

The largest telephone poll on health ever conducted in the US reached nearly 200 000 individuals over 18 years old, outside institutions or the armed forces (where diet is effectively controlled). The "Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System" questioned people on their health and behaviour, including height and weight, and calculated their body mass index (BMI), which is weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. Overweight is classed as a BMI of 25 to 29.9; "class two" obesity as 30 to 39.9, and "class three" obesity as 40 or over.

The prevalences represent over 20 million obese men and 30 million obese women. Extreme, class three obesity affects 1.7% of American men and 2.8% of American women, the study showed. …

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