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QuickStats: Prevalence of Obesity* Among Adults Aged >20 Years, by Sex --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), United States, 1999--2000 Through 2003--2004

* Defined as having a body mass index (weight [kg]/height [m2]) >30.

From 1999--2000 through 2003--2004, the prevalence of obesity among men increased significantly from 27.5% to 31.1%. During the same period, no significant change occurred among women, 33.2% of whom were obese in 2003--2004. Additional information regarding NHANES is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

SOURCE: Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, McDowell MA, Tabak CJ, Flegal KM. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States, 1999--2004. JAMA 2006;295:1549--55. 



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