Does obesity associate with mortality among hispanic persons? Results from the national health interview survey

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  • Objective To evaluate the association between BMI: kg/m2 and mortality among Hispanic adults. Design and Methods Eight years (1997-2004) of National Health Interview Survey data linked to public-use mortality follow-up data through 2006 were acquired. Using Cox proportional hazards regression, separate models for two attained age strata (18 to <60 years, ≥60 years) adjusting for sex, smoking, and physical activity with over 38,000 analyzable respondents were fit. Results Among those aged ≥60 years, underweight (BMI ≤ 18.5) associated with elevated mortality (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.19; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.38-3.46), whereas overweight (BMI of 25 to <30) and obesity grade 1 (BMI of 30 to <35) associated with reduced mortality (HRs = 0.79; 95% CI, 0.65-0.95 and 0.71; 95% CI, 0.56-0.91), respectively. There were no significant associations between BMI and mortality among the 18 to <60 years attained age strata or among never smokers for either age strata. Conclusions Overweight and obesity are not obviously associated with elevated mortality among Hispanic adults. Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society.
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  • Mehta T; McCubrey R; Pajewski NM; Keith SW; Allison DB; Crespo CJ; Fontaine KR
  • Start Page

  • 1474
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  • 1477
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 7