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Volume 5: No. 2, April 2008

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Obesity and Diabetes in New York City, 2002 and 2004

Figure 1 is a vertical bar chart with the following legend:

2002 and 2004 body mass index (BMI) distributions among white, black, and Hispanic adults in New York City.

The vertical scale of the bar chart is labeled “Percent of Adults.” Its scale is numbered in increments of 2 beginning with 0 at the base of the scale and continuing upward to end at 12.

The horizontal scale is numbered consecutively beginning from the left with 15 and continuing to end at the right with 50. Each number corresponds to BMI.

The horizontal scale of the bar chart is divided into five sections labeled from left to right as follows:

Underweight/Normal Weight, BMI ≤24.9

Overweight, BMI 25–29.9

Class I Obese, BMI 30–34.9

Class II Obese, BMI 35–39.9

Class III Obese, BMI ≥ 40

Each bar is divided into two parts, gray on the left side signifying 2002 and black on the right signifying 2004. The bars illustrate the percentage of adults in each BMI category on the horizontal scale for these two years. The following table provides the percentages for both years for each BMI category.

Alternate Text Table, Figure 1. Body Mass Index (BMI) Distributions Among White, Black, and Hispanic Adults in New York City, 2002 and 2004

BMI Percentage 2002 Percentage 2004
15 .10 .05
16 .41 .30
17 .95 .81
18 2.00 1.59
19 3.22 3.56
20 5.15 4.81
21 7.41 6.53
22 7.48 6.97
23 8.10 8.30
24 9.63 8.44
25 9.62 10.01
26 6.91 7.04
27 7.65 6.51
28 6.52 6.20
29 5.47 6.07
30 4.10 3.99
31 2.80 3.67
32 2.66 3.24
33 1.88 2.10
34 1.79 1.87
35 1.16 1.42
36 1.06 1.16
37 .80 .82
38 .43 .82
39 .05 .54
40 .37 .60
41 .28 .29
42 .22 .37
43 .11 .27
44 .17 .21
45 .11 .17
46 .06 .12
47 .07 .07
48 .10 .08
49 .06 .08
50 .04 .11

Figure 1. 2002 and 2004 BMI distributions among white, black, and Hispanic adults in New York City.

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Figure 2 is a line chart with the following legend:

Cumulative percentage of New York City race/ethnicity-specific population groups at or below body mass index (BMI) level, 2002–2004.

The vertical scale of the chart is labeled Cumulative Percentage at BMI Level. It is numbered in increments of 10 beginning with 0 on the bottom and continuing to 100 at the top.

The horizontal scale of the chart is numbered consecutively beginning from the left with 15 and continuing to end at the right with 50. Each number corresponds to BMI. The horizontal scale is further divided into five groupings labeled as follows:

Underweight/Normal Weight, BMI ≤24.9

Overweight, BMI 25–29.9

Class I Obese, BMI 30–34.9

Class II Obese, BMI 35–39.9

Class III Obese, BMI ≥ 40

Three line curves extend from the bottom of the vertical scale at zero in the lower left corner of the chart and curve upward and across the horizontal scale, to a point corresponding to 100% on the vertical scale. The black line signifies whites, the dark gray line, blacks, and the light gray line, Hispanics. A horizontal line extends outward from the vertical scale at the 50% mark. Three perpendicular lines are drawn down from this horizontal line to three different points on the horizontal scale that all fall between “Underweight/Normal Weight” and “Overweight.” One of these perpendicular lines is solid black, one is broken into dots and long dashes, and one is broken into short dashes. The solid line is labeled “median BMI among white adults is 25.1.” The line with dots and long dashes is labeled “Median BMI among Hispanic adults is 26.5,” and the line of short dashes is labeled “Median BMI among black adults is 26.6.

The following table provides the percentages of the three population groups relative to body BMI levels.

Alternate Text Table, Figure 2. Cumulative Percentage of New York City Race/Ethnicity-Specific Population Groups at or Below Body Mass Index (BMI) Level, 2002-2004

BMI Cumulative Percentage White Cumulative Percentage Black Cumulative Percentage Hispanic
Underweight/Normal Weight
15 .32 .39 .28
16 .78 1.03 .51
17 1.98 2.35 1.26
18 4.05 4.97 3.10
19 8.53 8.20 5.67
20 14.89 13.64 9.84
21 23.28 20.45 14.81
22 31.25 28.31 21.51
23 40.52 36.17 29.67
24 49.94 45.86 38.97
25 60.01 52.47 47.86
Overweight
26 66.89 60.20 55.51
27 73.48 66.40 62.38
28 79.11 73.44 70.49
29 83.99 77.59 76.51
Class I Obese
30 87.67 81.75 81.13
31 90.23 86.08 84.70
32 92.50 88.69 87.60
33 94.01 90.98 89.80
34 95.38 92.70 91.94
Class II Obese
35 96.21 94.00 93.36
36 96.98 94.84 94.85
37 97.65 95.64 95.84
38 98.13 96.24 96.57
39 98.53 96.90 97.15
Class III Obese
40 98.84 97.35 97.68
41 99.07 97.89 97.94
42 99.19 98.23 98.21
43 99.33 98.62 98.39
44 99.41 98.79 98.58
45 99.48 98.93 98.79
46 99.55 99.00 98.88
47 99.61 99.16 98.98
48 99.65 99.28 99.09
49 99.68 99.40 99.16
50 99.69 99.60 99.29

Figure 2. Cumulative percentage of New York City race/ethnicity-specific population groups at or below BMI level, 2002–2004, pooled.

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