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This content describes the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States.

Defining Overweight and Obesity

A person whose weight is higher than what is considered as a normal weight adjusted for height is described as being overweight or having obesity.1

Fast Facts

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2013–20142,3,4,5

  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight.
  • More than 2 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight or have obesity.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to have obesity.
  • About 1 in 13 adults were considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity.

Using Body Mass Index (BMI) to Estimate Overweight and Obesity

BMI is the tool most commonly used to estimate and screen for overweight and obesity

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Medical Records or Health Information Technician About this section

Medical records and health information technicians

Health information technicians organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries.

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.

Education

Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, communication, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must understand and

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Health Statistics – OECD

 

The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.
 

OECD Health Statistics 2019

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 36 OECD member countries, as well as key partners. Access time series in 12 datasets, and the full list of indicators in various languages. The full information on definitions, sources and methods is also available in one single user-friendly document.

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Health Care Quality and Outcomes

The HCQO project compares the quality of health services in different countries. Access data on the following topics: Primary Care, Prescribing in Primary Care, Acute Care, Mental Health Care, Patient Safety, Cancer Care and Patient Experiences.

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

Access the latest data and main comparative tables and charts on health expenditure.

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