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J Korean Med Sci. 2017 Mar;32(3):434-438. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.3.434.

Recent Shift of Body Mass Index Distribution in Korea: a Population-based Korea National Health Insurance Database, 2002-2013.

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1
Department of Family Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
2
Department of Family Medicine, Center for Obesity, Metabolism, and Nutrition, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. osw6021@yahoo.co.kr.

Abstract

We investigated trends of obesity prevalence among adult Koreans. Data from 110,280,952 participants who underwent medical examination provided by the National Health Insurance System from 2002-2013 were analyzed. The prevalence of moderate obesity (body mass index [BMI] 25.0-29.9 kg/m²) was slightly increased from 2002 (30.7%) through 2010 (33.1%) and reached a plateau since 2010 among men but continuously decreased from 22.5% in 2002 to 20.9% in 2013 among women. However, severe obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m²) was rapidly increased and the prevalence in 2013 (4.2%) was almost doubled the prevalence in 2002 (2.5%). We observed a steep rise of severe obesity as well as potentially right shifting of the obese category.

KEYWORDS:

Ethnicity; Obesity; Prevalence; Weight Status

PMID:
28145646
PMCID:
PMC5290102
[Available on 2017-03-01]
DOI:
10.3346/jkms.2017.32.3.434
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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