Length of hospital stays among obese individuals.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES:We examined lengths of hospital stay among individuals categorized according to weight status. METHODS:We used data from the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Epidemiologic Followup Survey to estimate length-of-stay differences. RESULTS: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. CONCLUSIONS: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

  • 15333319

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