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Obesity Among California Adults: Racial and Ethnic Differences

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Helen Lee

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Topic: Health (Diseases and disorders)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


The prevalence of obesity has risen markedly in California over the past decade, paralleling nationwide trends. The costs and consequences associated with excess weight have led some researchers to argue that obesity now constitutes a greater public health threat than other leading health risks, such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. This study offers a detailed examination of obesity in California, paying particular attention to racial and ethnic differences. In addition, it explores how both individual characteristics and neighborhood environments relate to obesity risk. Finally, it considers the effectiveness of a variety of obesity prevention efforts and interventions.