Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MS, MPH; Joanne M. Garrett, PhD; Barry M. Popkin, PhD
Acknowledgments: Dr. McTigue thanks the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program for its support. The authors thank Tom Swasey for graphical assistance.
Grant Support: By the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01-HD39183).
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Author Contributions: Conception and design: K.M. McTigue.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: K.M. McTigue, J.M. Garrett.
Drafting of the article: K.M. McTigue.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: K.M. McTigue, J.M. Garrett.
Final approval of the article: K.M. McTigue, J.M. Garrett.
Provision of study materials or patients: K.M. McTigue.
Statistical expertise: K.M. McTigue, J.M. Garrett.
Obtaining of funding: K.M. McTigue.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: B.M. Popkin.
McTigue KM, Garrett JM, Popkin BM. The Natural History of the Development of Obesity in a Cohort of Young U.S. Adults between 1981 and 1998. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:857-864. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-12-200206180-00006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(12):857-864.
The proportion of Americans who are overweight or obese is increasing at an alarming rate. From 1960 to 1999, the prevalence of excess weight (body mass index [BMI] ≥ 25 kg/m2) increased from 44% to 61% of the adult population (persons aged 20 to 74 years) and the prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) doubled from 13% to 27% (1, 2). Obesity has been linked to increased mortality and chronic morbidity from such diverse causes as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and depression. In the context of this rising prevalence, obesity is increasingly being recognized as an important medical and public health problem (3-6).
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