Posts Tagged ‘adult obesity’

Comments Sought on Weight Management in Adults

May 23rd, 2012

The influential Federal Agency for Health Care Quality and Research has issued a draft report “Approaches to Weight Management in Adults: A Comparative Effectiveness Review.” It is open for public comments. The deadline is June 20, 2012. AHRQ: Approaches to Weight Management in Adults


Obesity Rates in Europe Spiral Upwards

November 25th, 2011

Two reports from Europe show pervasive increases in obesity throughout Europe, even though rates of obesity vary significantly within the continent.

The European Union reports that rates varied between 8% and 23.9% for women and 7.6% and 24.7% for men. (The US rates are 26.8% for women and 27.6% for men.) The lowest rates for men and women were in Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and France. The highest rates for women were in the United Kingdom, Malta, Latvia and Estonia; for men, in Malta, the UK, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Rates of obesity increased with age and fell with higher educational levels. See,

In the second report, the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and  Development (OECD) looked at obesity among its 34 member countries worldwide.

Looking at their latest surveys, they found more than half of the adult population in the OECD report they are overweight or obese. Where height and weight were measured (as opposed to self-report) the rate was even grater, 55.8%. 19 of the 34 OECD countries had more than 50% of adults who were overweight or obese. Even in countries with low rates, e.g. Japan, Korea, France and Switzerland, rates were increasing. Throughout the OECD, 17% of adults were obese. The report notes, “The rise in obesity has affected all population groups, regardless of sex, age, race, income, or education level, but to varying extents.” 

Regarding childhood, the OECD notes “Rates of overweight among boys and girls are increasing across the OECD. In many developed countries, child obesity levels doubled between the 1960s and the 1980s, and have doubled since then. Even in emerging countries, the prevalence of obesity is rising, especially in urban areas where there is more sedentary behavior and a greater access to energy-dense food.” OECD iLibrary: Statistics / Health at a Glance / 2011 / Overweight and obesity among children

AHRQ Seeking Comments on the USPSTF Obesity Recommendation

October 26th, 2011

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has opened for public comment an update to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for the screening and management of  adults with obesity. The comment period is open until November 28, 2011. See U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Draft Recommendation Statement


The USPSTF recommendations are particularly important as they are widely used by private insurers as well as included in several parts of the Affordable Care Act.