Author Contributions: Dr Flegal had
full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the
integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Flegal, Williamson.
Acquisition of data: Flegal, Graubard.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Flegal,
Graubard, Williamson, Gail.
Drafting of the manuscript: Flegal, Graubard,
Critical revision of the manuscript for important
intellectual content: Flegal, Graubard, Williamson, Gail.
Statistical analysis: Graubard, Gail.
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: Partial salary suport for
Dr Flegal was provided by the US Army Research Institute of Environmental
Role of the Sponsor: All data used in this
study were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and the National Cancer Institute reviewed and approved this report before
submission. The US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine had no
role in this study.
Acknowledgment: We acknowledge Christine S.
Cox, MA, for her assistance with the NHANES III mortality data and Cheryl
Fryar, MSPH, for her capable programming assistance.