Disterhaft, P., Van Aartsen, A.
Background: The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has been increasing drastically since the declaration of the obesity epidemic in 2001. This study investigated the epidemiology of obesity mortality in the U.S.
Methods: Using CDC WONDER, obesity mortality was explored using ICD-10 code E66.
Results: The national age-adjusted obesity morality rate for 2016 was 2.1 deaths per 100,000. Obesity mortality rates were highest among individuals age 35 and older, males, Blacks, and those living in nonmetro areas.
Discussion: Poverty may be a factor for the disparities found in Blacks and those living in nonmetro areas. These findings provide relevant information that can guide public health resource allocation. Additionally, we recommend adding obesity as a required section on the death certificate.
July, 20, 2020.