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6 in 10 Adult Californians Obese or Overweight

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

"For example, Latinos, African Americans and American Indians experience much larger increases in diabetes with age compared to whites. Among adults ages 50-64, approximately 20% of Latinos, African Americans and American Indians have diabetes, nearly double the prevalence among whites."

And for adults age 65 and older, 40% of American Indians, 28% of Latinos and African Americans have diabetes compared to just 14% of whites. Among foreign born, "adults who have lived in the U.S. 15 years or more have significantly higher obesity rates than those who have lived here less than 10 years," the report says.

The report also gives a county-by-county listing for overweight and obesity, showing that the problem of obesity and the problem of diabetes are both the worst in the San Joaquin Valley.

The report suggests that while environmental and genetic factors influence the increased rates of obesity and diabetes, prevention efforts are possible, including promotion of areas and opportunities for physical activity and better food environments in low-income neighbors.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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