Key Points

• Men are more likely than women to have central obesity.

• African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans are at greater risk of obesity than whites.

• Obesity is inversely related to education and socioeconomic status.

• Obesity is more prevalent in rural than urban areas.

Obesity is a concern within virtually all demographic groups (Table 36-3). The high prevalence of obesity is seen in both genders, most ethnic groups, and at all ages. Within those groups, the impact is not uniform.

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