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Epidemiology and ethnicity

This section includes studies on all epidemiological aspects of obesity and its causes and effects, as well as studies looking at ethnic and within-country and between-country differences in obesity.

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  1. In Switzerland, as in other developed countries, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased substantially since the early 1990s. Most of the analyses so far have been based on sporadic surveys or s...

    Authors: Radoslaw Panczak, Leonhard Held, André Moser, Philip A. Jones, Frank J. Rühli and Kaspar Staub

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:10

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  2. Recent evidence suggests that a substantial subgroup of the population who have a high-risk waist circumference (WC) do not have an obese body mass index (BMI). This study aimed to explore whether including th...

    Authors: Stephanie K. Tanamas, Viandini Permatahati, Winda L. Ng, Kathryn Backholer, Rory Wolfe, Jonathan E. Shaw and Anna Peeters

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2016 3:4

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  3. While body mass index percentiles (BMI%) are commonly used to assess childhood cardiovascular risk, waist circumference percentiles (WC%) are not commonly used nor universally accepted. We tested whether BMI% ...

    Authors: Lawrence de Koning, Erica Denhoff, Mark D Kellogg and Sarah D de Ferranti

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:15

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  4. Central adipose tissue is appreciated as a risk factor for cardiometabolic disorders. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a volumetric 3D analysis of central adipose tissue in predicting...

    Authors: Jacob T Gibby, Dennis K Njeru, Steven T Cvetko, Ray M Merrill, Benjamin T Bikman and Wendell A Gibby

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:10

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  5. Many modifiable risk factors in early infancy have been shown to be associated with childhood overweight and obesity. These risk factors have not been studied within children of South Asian origin in the UK. T...

    Authors: Lesley Fairley, Gillian Santorelli, Debbie A Lawlor, Maria Bryant, Raj Bhopal, Emily S Petherick, Pinki Sahota, Darren C Greenwood, Andrew J Hill, Noel Cameron, Helen Ball, Sally Barber and John Wright

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:9

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  6. The incidence of CVD is decreasing in spite of increasing BMI in the population. We examined trends in metabolic health among overweight and obese individuals and the influence of lifestyle and socioeconomic s...

    Authors: Martin Benckert, Mikael Lilja, Stefan Söderberg and Mats Eliasson

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:7

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  7. Widespread trends of increasing child obesity are reported in developing countries. This longitudinal NW-CHILD study investigated changes in overweight and obesity over a three year period among 574 children b...

    Authors: Anita E Pienaar

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2015 2:2

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  8. No study has compared patients’ self-reported heights and weights (and resultant self-reported body mass indexes [BMIs]) with their actual heights, weights, and BMIs; their self-perceived BMI categories; and t...

    Authors: Kirsten G Mueller, Ryan T Hurt, Haitham S Abu-Lebdeh and Paul S Mueller

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:26

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) are an exceptional data source for studies of smoking and body weight because they are the only federal survey series collecting relevant informat...

    Authors: Nantaporn Plurphanswat and Brad Rodu

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:18

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The body mass index (BMI) is commonly used as a surrogate marker for adiposity. However, the BMI indicates weight-for-height without considering differences in body composition and the contribution of body fat...

    Authors: Julie A Pasco, Kara L Holloway, Amelia G Dobbins, Mark A Kotowicz, Lana J Williams and Sharon L Brennan

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:9

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  11. The increasing number of obesity and overweight cases in developing countries, especially among women, requires serious attention because of its effects on the health care system and the quality of life. Few s...

    Authors: Rima Rafiq El Kishawi, Kah Leng Soo, Yehia Awad Abed and Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda

    Citation: BMC Obesity 2014 1:7

    Content type: Research article

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