In this issue of THE JOURNAL, 2 important reports1- 2 from
the National Center for Health Statistics provide disquieting news about the
increasing epidemic of obesity and overweight. Using data from the 1999-2000
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Flegal et al1 document
that the age-adjusted prevalence of obesity (body mass index [BMI] >30) among
US adults is 30.5%, whereas Ogden et al2 report
that for US children, the prevalence of overweight (BMI ≥95th percentile
for age-growth charts) is 15.5% among 12- to 19-year-olds, 15.3% among 6-
to 11-year-olds, and 10.4% among 2- to 5-year-olds.2 These
findings, based on measured height and weight, document substantial increases
in obesity and overweight over the past decade in virtually every population
subgroup examined. In another article in this issue, Freedman et al,3 using self-reported data from the Behavioral Risk
Factor Surveillance System, show that the prevalence of class 3 obesity (BMI
≥40) among adults has more than doubled in 10 years, with an estimated
prevalence of 2.2% in the year 2000.
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