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The Costs of Obesity and Implications for Policymakers

Citation

Finkelstein, Eric A.; Strombotne, Kiersten L.; & Popkin, Barry M. (2010). The Costs of Obesity and Implications for Policymakers. Choices, 25(3).

Abstract

Before the 1970s, obesity prevalence—body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater—was creeping upward at a relatively slow rate (Flegal, 1996). However, between 1976 and 2005, the prevalence of obesity increased dramatically (Ogden et al. 2007). According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), obesity prevalence in 2007-2008 was 32.2% and 35.5% among adult males and females, respectively, representing more than a 100% increase from 1976-1980 and a 50% increase from 1988-1994 (Flegal et al. 2010).

URL

https://www.choicesmagazine.org/magazine/article.php?article=136

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Choices

Author(s)

Finkelstein, Eric A.
Strombotne, Kiersten L.
Popkin, Barry M.

Year Published

2010

Volume Number

25

Issue Number

3

Reference ID

13184