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Percentage of Adults Aged >20 Years Reporting Selected Adverse Health Characteristics, by Body Mass Index (BMI) Category* --- United States, 1999--2002

* BMI = weight (kg)/height (m2). Normal BMI = 18.5--24.9, overweight = 25.0--29.9, and obese = >30.0.

Obese persons were significantly (t test, p<0.05) more likely to report fair or poor health and activity limitation and to make >10 visits during the preceding 12 months to health-care providers than persons of normal weight or those who were overweight. Overweight persons had slightly higher rates of fair/poor health than persons of normal weight but reported no differences in activity limitation or frequency of health-care visits.

SOURCE: McDowell MA, Hughes JP, Borrud LG. Health characteristics of U.S. adults by body mass index category: results from NHANES 1999--2002. Public Health Rep 2006;121:67--73.

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