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January 24/31, 2007

Prevalence of Overweight Among High School Football Linemen

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(4):359-364. doi:10.1001/jama.297.4.363

To the Editor: Obesity among professional football players has been documented, with recommendations that it be further investigated among amateur athletes.1 Adolescent overweight is related to unfavorable cardiovascular disease risk factors and predicts overweight in young adulthood.2 We therefore examined the prevalence of overweight and obesity in high school football linemen, the players who tend to be heaviest.