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More Than Half of Californians in HMOs Are Overweight or Obese

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Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Natalya Mostovskaya; Dylan H. Roby; Gerald F. Kominski

Series: Paper 13

Topic: Health (Health services administration)
Health (Diseases and disorders)

Keywords: HMO; obesity; overweight

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


More than 5 million Californians enrolled in HMOs (over 50% of enrollees aged 12-64) are overweight or obese. This policy brief categorizes private HMO enrollees into the seven major health plans operating in California, and provides overweight and obesity prevalence data for each health plan. In addition, the brief also reports the proportion of overweight and obese for each health plan among different age groups and races/ethnicities. Despite controlling for these racial/ethnic differences and age, overweight and obesity proportions still differed among enrollees in the seven major health plans operating in the state.