HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Prevalence of overweight children, teens and men in US continues to rise

The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents and obesity among men increased significantly between 1999 and 2004, according to a study in the April 5 issue of JAMA.

Obesity continues to be a leading public health concern in the United States. Between 1980 and 2002, obesity prevalence doubled in adults aged 20 years or older and overweight prevalence tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years, according to background information in the article.

Cynthia L. Ogden, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues examined data on national measurements of weight and height in 2003-2004 and compared these data with estimates from 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 to determine if the overweight trend is continuing. The data consisted of weight and height measurements from 3,958 children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years and 4,431 adults aged 20 years or older obtained in 2003-2004 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population. Overweight among children and adolescents was defined as at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific body mass index (BMI) for age growth charts based on data collected between 1963 and 1994. Body mass index is calculated as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. Obesity among adults was defined as a BMI of 30 or higher; extreme obesity was defined as a BMI of 40 or higher.

The researchers found that 17.1 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years were overweight and 32.2 percent of adults aged 20 years or older were obese in 2003-2004. The prevalence of extreme obesity among adults was 4.8 percent. There was a significant increase in the prevalence of overweight in female children and adolescents from 13.8 percent in 1999-2000 to 16 percent in 2003-2004. There was also an increase in the prevalence of overweight in male chil
'"/>

Contact: National Center for Health Statistics Press Office
301-458-4800
JAMA and Archives Journals
4-Apr-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Prevalence of childhood allergies increasing worldwide
2. Prevalence of herpes simplex virus type 2 in US decreasing
3. Prevalence of drug-resistant gonorrhoea increasing in South Africa
4. Prevalence of risky sex among gay men doubled in Scotland over six years
5. Prevalence and severity of mental illness in the United States
6. Prevalence of concussion effects linked to pot of gold lawsuits, researcher says
7. Low physical activity can improve fitness levels for sedentary, overweight postmenopausal women
8. Biopsy may underestimate prostate cancer in obese and overweight men
9. Children who sleep less more likely to be overweight
10. Blacks less likely to recognize overweight and obesity, study shows
11. Weight loss found to reduce cellulite in some overweight women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/26/2020)... ... 26, 2020 , ... Sex educator, activist, humanitarian, and Wicked Pictures star ... received the 2020 AASECT Audio Visual Award for jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex: ... kind to feature non-actors in its demonstrations and narratives and was produced and distributed ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, ... allows users to open swing-style doors without using their hands or fingertips. ... the door open using their forearm, wrist or elbow when entering or exiting a ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) ... the $5 million AbbVie COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund. The fund was created in March ... their frontline homeless workers in service to vulnerable populations in hard-hit communities. , ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... , ... May 21, 2020 , ... The Rise of ... have been a lot of complications and adjustments, needless to say, more complications. With ... level since the great depression it can be hard to escape and find peace. ...
(Date:5/17/2020)... ... May 18, 2020 , ... ... program at its Tijuana regenerative clinic. There are two program options for patients ... cell counts. , While it is unclear exactly what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... ... vascular hospital, and an Alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & ... with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). , COPD is a growing and devastating ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... Escalating healthcare costs and ... leader and innovator in essential vision testing products, to launch web-based vision testing/screening. ... Testing has been released and considering the circumstances, could not be more timely. ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... This new Notify.com ... is an acknowledgement-based notification platform,” said Bob Lueth, President of Notify.com. “This ... SMS text message, Email or Voice phone call—will be tracked by Notify.com, in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: