Obesity in America, 1960-2000: is it an age, period or cohort phenomenon?

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Publication Type Manuscript
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Sociology
Program Utah Demography Research Network
Creator Utz, Rebecca L.
Title Obesity in America, 1960-2000: is it an age, period or cohort phenomenon?
Date 2004-09-23
Description Increasing rates of obesity have sparked tremendous public concern because excess body weight is linked to a host of mortality, morbidity, and disability outcomes. Using five waves of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), this project privides a four-decade picture of body weight trends among American adults age 20-74. Specifically, this paper asks whether some birth cohorts have been more affected by these secular changes than others. It then considers the implications of these trends on future health and mortality. A series of graphical approaches provide the necessary background to estimate an age-period-cohort model of these trends. Results suggest that the Obesity Epidemic has occurred after the late 1970s, that the prevalence of obesity increases across the various stages of the adult life course, and that those cohorts born after 1915 have successfully higher rates of obesity at every stage of the life course.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Health, weight; Overweight; Population trends
Subject LCSH Obesity; Population research
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Utz, R. (2004). Obesity in America, 1960-2000: is it an Age, Period or cohort phenomenon? Utah Demography Research Network, Dec. 10, 2004, 1-38.
Series Utah Demography Research Network
Rights Management (c) University of Utah
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m90t5c