National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NHANES Interactive Data Visualizations

Prevalence of Select Measures Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 1999-2000 Through 2017-2018

This interactive visualization shows the prevalence of age-adjusted high total cholesterol, hypertension, and obesity among US adults aged 20 and over between 1999-2000 to 2017-2018.

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Notes:

* All estimates are age adjusted by the direct method to the U.S. Census 2000 population using age groups 20–39, 40–59, and 60 and over.

Definitions

Hypertension: Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 80 mmHg, or currently taking medication to lower high blood pressure

High total cholesterol: Serum total cholesterol greater than or equal to 240 mg/dL.

Obesity: Body mass index (BMI, weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) greater than or equal to 30.

Data Source and methods

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) for the years 1999–2000, 2001–2002, 2003–2004, 2005–2006, 2007–2008, 2009–2010, 2011–2012, 2013–2014, 2015–2016, and 2017–2018 were used for these analyses.

NHANES is a cross-sectional survey designed to monitor the health and nutritional status of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population. The survey consists of interviews conducted in participants’ homes and standardized physical examinations, including a blood draw, conducted in mobile examination centers.

Sources:

National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2000 through 2017–2018.

 

References:

  1. Hales CM, Carroll MD, Fryar CD, Ogden CL. Prevalence of obesity and severe obesity among adults: United States, 2017–2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 360. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020 Johnson CL, Dohrmann SM, Burt VL, Mohadjer LK. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample design, 2011-2014. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2 (162). 2014.
  2. Johnson CL, Dohrmann SM, Burt VL, Mohadjer LK. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample design, 2011–2014. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2(162). 2014.
  3. Carroll MD, Fryar CD. Total and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults: United States, 2015–2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 363. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020.
  4. Ostchega Y, Fryar CD, Nwankwo T, Nguyen DT. Hypertension prevalence among adults aged 18 and over: United States, 2017–2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 364. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020.

Suggested citation:

Fryar CD, Carroll MD, Ansai N. Prevalence of selected measures among adults aged 20 and over: United States, 1999–2000 through 2017–2018. National Center for Health Statistics. 2020.

Designed by N. Ansai and A. Lipphardt, National Center for Health Statistics

Page last reviewed: December 31, 2020