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  • Writer's pictureGiulia Folli

In, out, and fluctuating: obesity from adolescence to adulthood

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

Understand the body mass index (BMI) trajectories in and out of obesity from adolescence to adulthood. Check it out.


In, out, and fluctuating- obesity from adolescence to adulthood
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More than 50% of adolescents with normal BMI moved to overweight/obesity by adulthood; only 8% of overweight and 2% of obese adolescents achieved normal BMI in adulthood. While some socio- demographic characteristics such as sex, race/ethnicity, place of residence, and parents’ education were associated with being in certain BMI trajectories among adolescents with normal BMI, they were not so associated among adolescents starting at obesity.

Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health


Carmen D. Ng, PhD, Solveig A. Cunningham, PhD

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