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Measuring distributional inequality: relative body mass index distributions by gender, race/ethnicity, and education, United States (1999-2006).
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PMID:  21461393     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Few studies consider obesity inequalities as a distributional property. This study uses relative distribution methods to explore inequalities in body mass index (BMI; kg/m(2)). Data from 1999-2006 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used to compare BMI distributions by gender, Black/White race, and education subgroups in the United States. For men, comparisons between Whites and Blacks show a polarized relative distribution, with more Black men at increased risk of over or underweight. Comparisons by education (overall and within race/ethnic groups) effects also show a polarized relative distribution, with more cases of the least educated men at the upper and lower tails of the BMI distribution. For women, Blacks have a greater probability of high BMI values largely due to a right-shifted BMI distribution relative to White women. Women with less education also have a BMI distribution shifted to the right compared to the most educated women.
Brian C Houle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obesity     Volume:  2010     ISSN:  2090-0716     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obes     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-04     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2014-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526295     Medline TA:  J Obes     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  959658     Citation Subset:  -    
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