The relationship between obesity and injuries among U.S. adults
Obesity among adults has doubled in the past 15 years, and the rate of
severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] > 40) has more than quadrupled.
Today, roughly two thirds of adults are overweight (BMI 25–30) or obese (BMI > 30), and roughly 5% have a BMI over 40. Moreover, it is well established that as BMI increases, so too does the risk of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and several forms of cancers. 3–5 The relationship between increasing BMI and the rate and cost of injury, however, is less well established.
Finkelstein, E., Chen, H., Prabhu, M., Trogdon, J., & Corso, PS. (2007). The relationship between obesity and injuries among U.S. adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 21(5), 460.