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Fact of the Week: 19 May 2014

One Third of US Workers Aged 45-64 Are Obese

Among US workers aged 45-64, 31.2% were obese, as were 27.7% of those aged 65+. Among 30-44 year olds the obesity prevalence was 29.7%, while among 18-29 year olds, 19.7% were obese, according to a 2014 analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey. [note: Obesity was defined as having a BMI equal to or greater than 30, based on self-reported weight and height values.]
Luckhaupt, S. E., Cohen, M. A., Li, J., & Calvert, G. M. (2014). Prevalence of obesity among U.S. workers and associations with occupational factors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46(3), 237-248. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2013.11.002.
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