We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Letters |

Obesity in US Children and Adults

Angela Sauaia, MD, PhD; Tim Byers, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2012;307(20):2145-2146. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4726.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


To the Editor: The main findings of the articles by Dr Ogden and colleagues1 and Dr Flegal and colleagues2 were that in recent years the obesity epidemic in the United States among children and adults might be leveling off but that substantial differences continue to exist by race/ethnicity. We were surprised to see that neither article considered the role of socioeconomic status as a risk factor for obesity. Socioeconomic status is a major determinant of obesity,3,4 and socioeconomic status is a large part of the reason for racial and ethnic differences in obesity.4,5 The authors quoted several reports from other countries on obesity rates stratified by socioeconomic status. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data set that was used in the studies does contain questions about household income. Age, sex, and race/ethnicity cannot be changed, but many of the obesogenic correlates of low socioeconomic status, such as education and access to healthy foods and physical activity, can be modified, so it would be useful for the authors to provide these data.


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview




May 23, 2012
Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH; Katherine M. Flegal, PhD
JAMA. 2012;307(20):2145-2146. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4728.
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

See Also...