While the obesity rate in the Unites States has been reported to have hit a plateau, the overall percentage of obese Americans remains alarmingly high (27% self-reported, 33% population estimate). While the subgroup with the highest 2010 obesity rate is Black, non-Hispanic women (41.9%), there remains a disparity in the research with regards to this population group. The implication of an elevated obese population puts a strain on health care, overall quality of life, and is associated with a number of other co-morbidities. Given this background, pilot work to evaluate a disease analog model for obesity would be useful with the potential for identifying seemingly normal-weight individuals who are most susceptible to developing obesity.
Navalta, James W.; Lyons, Scott; Whitlock, Sharon E.; Kirkwood, Demetrice D.; Arnett, Scott W.; and Schafer, Mark A.
"C-Reactive Protein and the Disease Analog Model May Identify Predisposed Pre-Obese African-American Women,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 5
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol5/iss2/9