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David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001

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Prevalence and trends in adult obesity in affluent countries

Prevalence and trends in adult obesity in affluent countries

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(p.17) Chapter 2 Prevalence and trends in adult obesity in affluent countries
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Obesity Epidemiology
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Jacob C. Seidell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the prevalence of overweight and obesity, as indicated by the body mass index (BMI), in a variety of populations worldwide. The emphasis is on recent surveys and time-trends and data have been selected that are based on representative population surveys with measured weight and height. Most attention is devoted to the affluent countries with established market economies (e.g., North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan) because the data quality and time span covered by it are reasonably comparable. The goal is to convey a sense of the magnitude of the obesity problem in the affluent parts of the world.

Keywords:   obesity, overweight, body mass index, developed countries

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