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Wesley College research provides evidence of obesity’s impact on US death-rate

Posted August 11th, 2018 at 9:41pm

The NIH-NIGMS DE-INBRE, NSF DE-EPSCoR, NASA DESGC, and the NSF S-STEM programs supported this recently published research, which appeared in the Research in Health Science (PMC6070145). The article, Data Talks: Obesity-Related Influences on US Mortality Rates, is the first-of-its-kind to evaluate all available US death certificates (in CDC WONDER). The paper clearly shows that obesity has significant influences on the US death-rates in all segments of the population.

The 1999-2016 CDCs vital records indicated that obesity was associated with a 173% mortality rate increment for US males and the corresponding female rate increased by 117%. The gender gap for age-adjusted mortality rates where excess weight is a documented contributory factor is widening. Furthermore, obesity is disproportionally affecting minority death rates and in each of the 17 years studied, the observed obesity-influenced mortality rates for African-Americans were several points above the national average.

The peer-reviewed paper is deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) and made available for public access: Through federal and state support, Wesley College’s STEM Undergraduate Center for Analytics, Talent, and Success (UR-CATS) promotes innovative inter- and multidisciplinary undergraduate research projects.