Length of hospital stays among obese individuals.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


We examined lengths of hospital stay among individuals categorized according to weight status.


We used data from the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Epidemiologic Followup Survey to estimate length-of-stay differences.


Individuals with body mass indexes (BMIs) of 35 kg/m2 or above, those with BMIs of 30 to 34 kg/m2, and those with BMIs of 25 to 29 kg/m2 had crude length-of-stay rates greater than those of normal-weight individuals. Association between BMI and length of stay varied over time.


Obese individuals experience longer hospital stays than normal-weight individuals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zizza, C; Herring, AH; Stevens, J; Popkin, BM

Published Date

  • September 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1587 - 1591

PubMed ID

  • 15333319

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1448498

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.94.9.1587


  • eng