Economic Factors Linked to Disparities in Obesity, Diabetes Rates in Calif.
The study highlights the link between socioeconomic conditions and rates of obesity and diabetes in California counties.
In San Joaquin County, 70% of adults are overweight or obese, making it the heaviest county in California, according to the 2005 California Health Interview Survey. The county also has the highest rate of deaths associated with diabetes, with 35 deaths per 100,000 residents.
In comparison, Marin County has lower rates of obesity and diabetes than San Joaquin County, as well as significantly higher average income and education levels.
Only 44% of adults in Marin County are overweight or obese and the rate of deaths associated with diabetes is less than 10 deaths per 100,000 residents. Both rates are among the lowest in the state.San Joaquin County is working to improve its obesity and diabetes rates with an ObesityÂ and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force, which launched in August 2009 (Goldeen, Stockton Record, 5/16). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.