Deaths associated with obesity may be declining in the United States

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:921
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Being obese or underweight is associated with increased mortality, but the number of deaths associated with obesity appears to be decreasing over time, possibly due to improved management of other cardiovascular risk factors, according to survey data from the United States published this week (JAMA 2005;293: 1861-7

    The researchers looked at the relative risks of mortality associated with different levels of body mass index (BMI) from the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1971-5) and NHANES II (1976-80), with follow-up to 1992, and from NHANES III (1988-94), with follow-up to 2000.

    The results showed that …

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