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Weight Gain in Americans

Weight Study Aim
To examine the rate of weight gain over time among Americans by age, gender, and race.

Weight Study Subjects
Scientific sample of 5117 Americans, ages 25-74 y in 1971 followed for 20 years.

Weight Study Results
Rates of weight gain estimated by mixed effects models are highest among young adults and rates of weight loss are greatest among older adults. The overall shape of the growth curves are similar for men and women, black and white, in terms of both weight gain and weight loss. Rates are also affected by baseline body mass index.

Weight Study Conclusion
Americans gain weight until middle age, stabilize, and begin to lose weight near age 60. Weight loss during old age is especially evident for obese Americans. The ability to accurately identify groups with increased risk and target them for obesity prevention will help combat the steady rise of overweight and obesity in America.

Source: International Journal of Obesity

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