Use of Prescription Weight Loss Pills Among US Adults
sak2 at cdc.gov
Tue Mar 13 07:53:54 PST 2001
Please pardon the cross-posting.
> Hello. Below is a summary of a recent research
> article by CDC, "Use of Prescription Weight Loss
> Pills among U.S. Adults in 1996-1998," published
> in the February 20, 2001 issue of the Annals of
> Internal Medicine, which analyzed data from CDC's
> Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
> to determine prescription diet pill use patterns. The
> BRFSS is a standardized telephone survey conducted
> by state health agencies in collaboration with CDC to
> help determine the health status of Americans. In 1998,
> a total of nearly 150,000 individuals from all states
> completed the BRFSS survey. This is the only population-
> based nationwide study showing the prevalence of prescription
> diet pill use among U.S. adults.
> Thank you,
> Sarah Kuester
> Public Health Nutritionist
> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
> sak2 at cdc.gov
> Among the survey findings include:
> * Nearly 5 million adults in the United States used prescription weight
> loss pills between 1996 and 1998.
> * During the two year time period 2.5 percent of the U.S. adult population
> used prescription diet pills.
> * One-quarter of prescription diet pill users (or 1.2 million) were not
> overweight, suggesting that the medications were not used in accordance
> with the Food and Drug Administration and National Heart, Lung and Blood
> Institute's guidelines for pharmacotherapy, especially among women, white
> persons, and Hispanic persons.
> * Among females, the highest use of diet pills between 1996 and 1998 was
> found among Hispanics (5.2 percent), Non-Hispanic Whites (3.9 percent),
> Non-Hispanic Blacks (3.8 percent) and others (2.8 percent).
> * Diet pill use was highest among women aged 25-44 (25-34 year-olds 5.9
> percent; 35-44 year-olds 5.8 percent) and men 35-64 years of age (35-44
> year-olds 1.1 percent, 45-54 year-olds 1.1 percent and 55-64 year olds 1.2
> * Among males, the highest use of diet pills between 1996 and 1998 was
> found among Hispanics (1.3 percent), Non-Hispanic Whites (0.9 percent),
> Non-Hispanic Blacks (0.6 percent) and other (0.2 percent).
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