Statistical Brief #365

This Statistical Brief presents data from the 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) concerning the prevalence of obesity in the adult (age 20 and older) population. Obesity is a serious medical condition which is associated with a number of additional serious conditions including heart disease, bone and joint problems, diabetes, and high cholesterol, among others. 


Obesity, calculated from an individual’s height and weight as reported by household respondents in the MEPS, is not distributed evenly across all subgroups of adults. This Brief examines variation in the percentage of healthy weight, overweight, and obese adults by various socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the population, and by selected comorbidities. Only differences that are statistically significant at the 0.05 level are discussed in the text.

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Government Report
William Carroll
Jeffrey Rhoades
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Obesity in America: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 20 and Older, 2009.
Date Published: 
Friday, March 9, 2012
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