Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Obesity and Poverty

Is obesity linked to poverty? Not all that much. The National Center for Health Statistics measures the height and weight of a representative sample of the U.S. population every few years, finding little evidence that the poor are fatter than other Americans. Here are the data for 2007-10...

Percent obese by income relative to poverty level
Below 100 percent: 37.2%
100 to 199 percent: 37.3%
200 to 399 percent: 36.8%
400 percent or more: 31.8%

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States

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