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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Nov;18(11):2067-8. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.103.

Are normal-weight Americans over-fat?

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Department of Medicine, New York Obesity Research Center, St Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.

Abstract

Data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) 1999-2004 have recently shown the percent body fat of American adults. Average American men and women have ~28 and 40% body fat. When categorized by BMI and age, the data also show high percent body fat values, particularly in lower BMI categories. These data should make one reflect on the health status of Americans in all BMI categories and the use of these data for public health recommendations.

PMID:
20978478
PMCID:
PMC3837418
DOI:
10.1038/oby.2010.103
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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