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AFC Figure 1: Division Rankings of NFL
Teams and BMI
New England (First Place)
Kansas City Best-to-worst rankings in the American
Indianapolis Football Conference (AFC) and the
Tennessee National Football Conference (NFC) are
Baltimore shown from top to bottom. The teams are
Denver ranked based on overall records and the
Miami National Football League tiebreaker rules
Cincinnati for the 2003–2004 season. Body mass
Pittsburgh index (BMI) was calculated as weight in
Buffalo kilograms divided by square of height in
meters. Dots indicate mean body mass
New York Jets index values; error bars, SDs.
Jacksonville
Cleveland
Houston
Oakland

San Diego (Last Place)

NFC

Philadelphia (First Place)
St. Louis
Carolina

Green Bay
Dallas
Seattle

Minnesota
New Orleans
San Francisco

Tampa Bay
Chicago
Atlanta

Washington
Detroit

New York Giants
Arizona (Last Place)

26 28 30 32 34 36

BMI

120 NFL Figure 2: Prevalence of Overweight and
100 NHANES Obesity in the NFL

Prevalence, % 80 Percentages of National Football League (NFL)
60 players in each body mass index (BMI) cate-
40 gory. No National Health and Nutrition Survey
20 (NHANES) data were available for the group
with BMI > 35. Body mass index was calcu-
0 lated as weight in kilograms divided by square
>25 of height in meters from values reported for
individual players on the NFL official Web site
and compared with that for similarly aged men
in the NHANES, 1999–2002.

>30 >35 >40

BMI

Both figures from Harp JB, Hecht L. Obesity in the National Football League: Research letter. JAMA. 2005;293:1061–1062
Reprinted with permission of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Copyright © 2005, American Medical Association.
All rights reserved.

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