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Obesity in the National Football League

Joyce B. Harp, MD; Lindsay Hecht, BSPH
JAMA. 2005;293(9):1058-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1061-b.
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Figure 1. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the NFL
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Percentages of National Football League (NFL) players in each body mass index (BMI) category. No National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) data were available for the group with BMI ≥35. Body mass index was calculated as weight in kilograms divided by square of height in meters from values reported for individual players on the NFL official Web site and compared with that for similarly aged men in the NHANES, 1999-2002.2

Figure 2. Division Rankings of NFL Teams and BMI
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Best-to-worst rankings in the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) are shown from top to bottom. The teams are ranked based on overall records and the National Football League (NFL) tiebreaker rules for the 2003-2004 season. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated as weight in kilograms divided by square of height in meters. Dots indicate mean body mass index values; error bars, SDs.



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