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CDC officials clarify obesity research

June 3, 2005 at 10:44 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, June 3 (UPI) -- Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have tried to clarify conflicting studies on obesity and health consequences.

"We can't get accurate estimates of the association because obesity is not listed on death records, so we have to use methods that rely on extrapolations. The studies that have been done have used different methods and different sources of information, and they've come to some different conclusions," said CDC Director Julie Gerberding.

"But what we don't want is for this debate to continue to confuse people. We need to be absolutely explicitly clear about one thing: obesity and overweight are critically important health threats in this country."

We can't get accurate estimates of the association because obesity is not listed on death records, so we have to use methods that rely on extrapolations, and the studies that have been done have used different methods and different sources of information, and they've come to some different conclusions, according to Gerberding.

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