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May 23/30, 2012

Obesity in US Children and Adults—Reply

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Author Affiliations: National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Maryland (cogden@cdc.gov).

JAMA. 2012;307(20):2145-2146. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4728

In Reply: Drs Sauaia and Byers raise concerns about not including socioeconomic status in our analyses of trends in obesity using NHANES data. The objectives of these articles were to present the most recent national estimates of obesity prevalence and analyze trends between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010. Reducing disparities by race and ethnicity is a national priority1 and monitoring trends by these characteristics2 is important. However, the intent of our study was not to examine the determinants of obesity.

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