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Prevalence of obesity by occupation among US workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011.
J Occup Environ Med 2014; 56(5):516-28JO

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To estimate the prevalence of obesity and the change of prevalence of obesity between 2004-2007 and 2008-20011 by occupation among US workers in the National Health Interview Survey.

METHODS

Self-reported weight and height were collected and used to assess obesity (body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m). Gender-, race/ethnicity-, and occupation-specific prevalence of obesity were calculated.

RESULTS

Prevalence of obesity steadily increased from 2004 through 2008 across gender and race/ethnicity but leveled off from 2008 through 2011. Non-Hispanic black female workers in health care support (49.2%) and transportation/material moving (46.6%) had the highest prevalence of obesity. Prevalence of obesity in relatively low-obesity (white-collar) occupations significantly increased between 2004-2007 and 2008-2011, whereas it did not change significantly in high-obesity (blue-collar) occupations.

CONCLUSIONS

Workers in all occupational categories are appropriate targets for health promotion and intervention programs to reduce obesity.

Authors+Show Affiliations

From the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Branch, Health Effects Laboratory Division (Mr Gu, Dr Charles, Mrs Ma, Dr Andrew, and Dr Burchfiel) and Surveillance Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (Dr Bang), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV; and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (Dr Violanti), School of Public Health and Health Professions, State University of New York, University at Buffalo.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24682108

Citation

Gu, Ja K., et al. "Prevalence of Obesity By Occupation Among US Workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 56, no. 5, 2014, pp. 516-28.
Gu JK, Charles LE, Bang KM, et al. Prevalence of obesity by occupation among US workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(5):516-28.
Gu, J. K., Charles, L. E., Bang, K. M., Ma, C. C., Andrew, M. E., Violanti, J. M., & Burchfiel, C. M. (2014). Prevalence of obesity by occupation among US workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(5), pp. 516-28. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000133.
Gu JK, et al. Prevalence of Obesity By Occupation Among US Workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(5):516-28. PubMed PMID: 24682108.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of obesity by occupation among US workers: the National Health Interview Survey 2004-2011. AU - Gu,Ja K, AU - Charles,Luenda E, AU - Bang,Ki Moon, AU - Ma,Claudia C, AU - Andrew,Michael E, AU - Violanti,John M, AU - Burchfiel,Cecil M, PY - 2014/4/1/entrez PY - 2014/4/1/pubmed PY - 2015/1/17/medline SP - 516 EP - 28 JF - Journal of occupational and environmental medicine JO - J. Occup. Environ. Med. VL - 56 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of obesity and the change of prevalence of obesity between 2004-2007 and 2008-20011 by occupation among US workers in the National Health Interview Survey. METHODS: Self-reported weight and height were collected and used to assess obesity (body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m). Gender-, race/ethnicity-, and occupation-specific prevalence of obesity were calculated. RESULTS: Prevalence of obesity steadily increased from 2004 through 2008 across gender and race/ethnicity but leveled off from 2008 through 2011. Non-Hispanic black female workers in health care support (49.2%) and transportation/material moving (46.6%) had the highest prevalence of obesity. Prevalence of obesity in relatively low-obesity (white-collar) occupations significantly increased between 2004-2007 and 2008-2011, whereas it did not change significantly in high-obesity (blue-collar) occupations. CONCLUSIONS: Workers in all occupational categories are appropriate targets for health promotion and intervention programs to reduce obesity. SN - 1536-5948 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24682108/Prevalence_of_Obesity_by_Occupation_Among_US_Workers:_The_National_Health_Interview_Survey_2004_2011_ L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=24682108 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -