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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 13, 2018

Obesity Tied to Income, Education, But Not in All Populations

JAMA. 2018;319(6):540. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0381

Overall, obesity was least common among the highest-income adults and those who had graduated college, according to a recent CDC analysis of 2011-2014 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. But this pattern was not consistent across all demographic groups

The age-adjusted prevalence of obesity was 31.2% in the highest income group (>350% federal poverty level or FPL), compared with 39% in the lowest-income group (≤130% FPL) and 40.8% in the middle-income group (131%-350% FPL). But women alone accounted for the overall income-related differences in obesity prevalence, which were not seen in men. Income-related disparities in obesity prevalence also varied by race and Hispanic origin.