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182 07, Praha 8
Institutional Affiliation: Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2010||The Trend of BMI Values of US Adults by Centiles, birth cohorts 1882-1986|
with : w16252
Trends in BMI values are estimated by centiles of the US adult population by birth cohorts 1886-1986 stratified by ethnicity. The highest centile increased by some 18 to 22 units in the course of the century while the lowest ones increased by merely 1 to 3 units. Hence, the BMI distribution became increasingly right skewed as the distance between the centiles became increasingly larger. The rate of change of BMI centile curves varied considerably over time. The BMI of white men and women experienced upsurges after the two World Wars and downswings during the Great Depression and again after 1970. However, among blacks the pattern is different during the first half of the century with men's rate of increase in BMI values decreasing substantially and that of females remaining unchanged at a ...
Published: “The T rend of BMI V alues of US adults by deciles, birth cohorts 1882 - 1986 stratified by gender and ethnicity,” with Marek Brabec, Economics and Human Biology 9 (2011) 3:234 - 250. CESifo Working Paper No. 3132. NBER Working Paper no. 16252
|April 2010||The Trend of Mean BMI Values of US Adults, Birth Cohorts 1882-1986 Indicates that the Obesity Epidemic Began Earlier than Hitherto Thought|
with : w15862
The trend in the BMI values of the US population has not been estimated accurately because time series data are unavailable and because the focus has been on calculating period effects. In contrast to the prevailing strategies, we estimate the trend and rate of change of BMI values by birth cohorts stratified by gender and ethnicity born 1882-1986. We use loess additive regression models to estimate age and trend effects of BMI values of US-born black and white adults measured between 1959 and 2006. We use all the NHES and NHANES survey data and find that the increase in BMI was already underway among the birth cohorts of the early 20th century. The rate of increase was fastest among black females; for the three other groups under consideration, the rates of increase were similar. The gene...
Published: “The T rend of M ean BMI V alues of US Adults, birth cohorts 1882 - 1986 indicates that the obesity epidemic began earlier than hitherto thought.” with Ma rek Brabec American Journal of Human Biology , 22, (2010): 631 - 638. CESifo Working Paper No. 2987. NBER Working Paper no. 15862.