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Table 3 Characteristics of 47,628 Primary Care Patients by BMI Category

From: Documentation of body mass index and control of associated risk factors in a large primary care network

Characteristic   Obese n = 14,290 Overweight n = 16,402 Normal n = 16,936 P value
Age (mean years) 53 53 48 <0.0001
Number of PCP visits (mean) 4.7 4.2 3.9 <0.0001
Women n (%) 8,565 59.9 8,899 54.3 13,272 78.4 <0.0001
Race* n (%)        <0.0001
   White   10,712 75.0 12,674 77.3 13,655 80.6  
   Asian   179 1.3 567 3.5 1,229 7.3  
   Black   1,244 8.7 989 6.0 649 3.8  
   Hispanic   1,722 12.1 1,561 9.5 811 4.8  
Private Insurance or Medicare n (%) 12,104 84.7 14,502 88.4 15,467 91.3 <0.0001
History of CVD n (%) 2,647 18.5 2,699 16.5 1,862 11.0 <0.0001
History of diabetes n (%) 3,238 22.7 1,789 10.9 824 4.9 <0.0001
History of hypertension n (%) 9,116 63.8 7,895 48.1 4,931 29.1 <0.0001
History of dyslipidemia n (%) 9,235 64.6 9,495 57.9 6,769 40.0 <0.0001
  1. P-value is for general association across BMI categories. BMI = Body Mass Index (weight in kilograms/height in meters2), PCP = Primary Care Physician, and CVD = Cardiovascular Disease. *Designation "Other" for race deleted from set.