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Table 2 Recent evidence: Obesity and low back pain (chronological order)

From: Is obesity a risk factor for low back pain? An example of using the evidence to answer a clinical question

Author, Year (Ref) N BMI LBP Association
Melissas, 2003 [14] 50 >40 58% direct
Bener, 2003 [10] 802 (26.4 males/ 27.8 females) 56.1% males  
    73.8% females moderate
Tsuritani, 2002 [16] 709 -- 40.3% none
Bowerman, 2001 [4] 252 -- 29.2% none
Kostova, 2001 [12] 898 -- -- increased risk
Bayramoglu, 2001 [15] 25 -- -- direct
Mortimer, 2001 [13] 475 30 (43.6%)   
   31–40 (28.8%)   
   40+ (1.3%) -- increased risk
Han, 1997 [11] 7018 women 5887 men NR --   females increased risk
  1. N = number; BMI = body mass index; LBP = low back pain; NR = not reported