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BMJ. 2006 Jul 1;333(7557):25-6. Epub 2006 May 12.

Smoking, obesity, and their co-occurrence in the United States: cross sectional analysis.

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  • 1Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, USA. chealton@americanlegacy.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the prevalence of obesity, smoking, and both health risk factors together among adults in the United States.

DESIGN:

Cross sectional analysis of a national health interview survey.

SETTING:

United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

29 305 adults (aged > or = 18) in 2002.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Prevalence of adults who are obese (body mass index > or = 30), who smoke, and who are obese and smoke. Prevalence was stratified by age, sex, ethnic group, education, and income.

RESULTS:

23.5% of adults were obese, 22.7% smoked, and 4.7% smoked and were obese.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the proportion of adults who smoke and are obese is relatively low, this subgroup is concentrated among lower socioeconomic groups.

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