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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 1.58
Percent of obese adults age 20 and over who had been told by a doctor or health professional that they were overweight, United States, 1999-2002
Population group Percentc Standard error
Totala 67.8 1.1
Age 20-44 60.7 1.8
45-64 77.4 1.6
65 and over 71.6 2.3
Ethnicity Mexican American 56.5 1.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 63.0 1.9
Non-Hispanic, White 70.5 1.7
Gender Female 63.1 2.0
Male 71.9 1.3
Family incomeb Negative/poor 66.3 3.2
Near poor/low 66.5 2.8
Middle 66.3 1.6
High 71.3 2.4
Education, age 25 and over Less than high school 63.6 2.2
High school graduate 70.1 2.2
At least some college 72.8 1.4

a Includes persons of all races and ethnicities (including all Hispanic origins), not just non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Mexican Americans.

b Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

c Estimates are age adjusted to the 2000 standard population using 3 age groups: 20-44, 44-64, 65+ for total, ethnicity, gender, family income, and 25-44, 45-64, 65+ for education.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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