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One in eight black teenage girls in US is extremely obese, study shows

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1631
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The prevalence of extreme obesity in young people has reached 6.4%, a large study in southern California has found—nearly 1.5 times the percentage found in a roughly similar study a few years earlier.

    The study analysed electronic medical records of 710 949 children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years who were enrolled in the large health maintenance organisation Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Journal of Pediatrics doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.01.025). The children and teenagers had an average of 2.6 medical visits a year over the study period of 2007 and 2008. The study defined extreme …

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