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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Descriptive Epidemiology of Obesity Trends

Descriptive Epidemiology of Obesity Trends

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Obesity Epidemiology

Frank B. Hu

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes population obesity trends from descriptive epidemiologic studies. Topics covered include obesity trends in U.S. adults, obesity trends in U.S. children, and international obesity trends. There is clear evidence that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world and is increasing rapidly in developing countries. In many populations, the entire distribution of BMI values has shifted to the right, indicating a dramatic increase in morbid obesity.

Keywords:   population obesity trends, obese adults, obese children, international obesity trends, BMI values, morbid obesity

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