Increasing obesity rates and disability trends.

TitleIncreasing obesity rates and disability trends.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSturm, R, Ringel, JS, Andreyeva, T
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Date Published2004 Mar-Apr
ISSN Number0278-2715
Call Numberpubs_2004_Sturm_etal.pdf
KeywordsAged, Disabled Persons, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Population Surveillance, United States

Are older Americans becoming more or less disabled? Unhealthy body weight has increased dramatically, but other data show that disability rates have declined. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study to estimate the association between obesity and disability, and we combine these data with trend estimates of obesity rates from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. If current trends in obesity continue, disability rates will increase by 1 percent per year more in the 50-69 age group than if there were no further weight gain.

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Health Status/Obesity/Disability/Disability

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Alternate JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Citation Key6917
PubMed ID15046144