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J Adolesc Health. 2010 Dec;47(6):604-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.04.017. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

Severe obesity and selected risk factors in a sixth grade multiracial cohort: the HEALTHY study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


The purpose of this study was to document the prevalence of severe obesity and associated risk in the HEALTHY cohort. A total of 6,365 students were assessed at school-based screenings. Results showed that 6.9% of students were severely obese. Severe obesity was associated with elevated cardiometabolic risk and race/ethnicity. Severe obesity is common and requires preventive intervention.

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