Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Obesity is associated with increased
morbidity and mortality.1 The 1999-2002 National
Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey (NHANES) determined that 31% of US
adult men and women were obese, a doubling of obesity prevalence since NHANES
II (1976-1980).2 Reports have indicated, although
not fully documented, a trend toward larger players in the National Football
League (NFL).3 We investigated whether, despite
their status as professional athletes, a large proportion of NFL players would
be classified as obese. We also compared the prevalence of obesity in the
NFL with that of US males of a similar age sampled from the general population.
Harp JB, Hecht L. Obesity in the National Football League. JAMA. 2005;293(9):1058–1062. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1061-b