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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007

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Table 60
Percent of obese adults age 20 and over who had been told by a doctor or health professional that they were overweighta, United States, 1999-2004
Population group Percent SE
Total   66.2 0.9
Age 20-44 59.5 1.2
45-64 73.0 1.4
65 and over 73.6 1.7
Ethnicity Mexican American 56.5 1.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 61.1 1.5
Non-Hispanic, White 68.8 1.2
Gender Male 61.3 1.6
Female 70.6 1.0
Family incomeb Negative/poor 65.3 2.3
Near poor/low 65.1 2.1
Middle 64.2 1.4
High 69.8 1.8
Education, age 25 and over Less than high school 62.7 1.7
High school graduate 67.7 1.9
At least some college 70.7 1.1

a 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.

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.

Key: SE: standard error.

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


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