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Heterogeneous contributions of change in population distribution of body mass index to change in obesity and underweight NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC)

Maria LC Iurilli, Bin Zhou, James E Bennett, Rodrigo M Carrillo-Larco, Marisa K Sophiea, Andrea Rodriguez-Martinez, Honor Bixby, Bethlehem D Solomon, Cristina Taddei, Goodarz Danaei, Mariachiara Di Cesare, Gretchen A Stevens, Leanne M Riley, Stefan Savin, Melanie J Cowan, Pascal Bovet, Albertino Damasceno, Adela Chirita-Emandi, Alison J Hayes, Nayu Ikeda Show all



From 1985 to 2016, the prevalence of underweight decreased, and that of obesity and severe obesity increased, in most regions, with significant variation in the magnitude of these changes across regions. We investigated how much change in mean body mass index (BMI) explains changes in the prevalence of underweight, obesity, and severe obesity in different regions using data from 2896 population-based studies with 187 million participants. Changes in the prevalence of underweight and total obesity, and to a lesser extent severe obesity, are largely driven by shifts in the distribution of BMI, with smaller contributions from changes in the shape of the distribution. In East and Southeast Asia ..

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