Report: Calif. Regions Boast Low Rates of Obesity, Unhealthy Habits
Several California regions have among the lowest rates of obesity and unhealthy habits in the U.S., according to a recent WalletHub report, KQED's "State of Health" reports (Brooks, "State of Health," KQED, 3/2).
Details of Report
The report examined the 100 largest U.S. metro areas, including six in California.
Researchers examined various metrics under three categories:
- Obesity prevalence;
- Unhealthy habits and consequences, including rates of diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension; and
- Healthy environment (Bernardo, WalletHub report, March 2015).
In addition to WalletHub's research, data for the report was taken from:
- The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; and
- The Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service ("State of Health," KQED, 3/2).
According to the report, the highest-ranking California metro area was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, which ranked third overall, but had the lowest obesity rate of any metro area in the report.
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ranked fifth overall;
- Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade ranked 14th;
- San Diego-Carlsbad ranked 17th;
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim ranked 19th; and
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario ranked 42nd (WalletHub report, March 2015).