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Disparities in Prevalence of Obesity among California Women, 2007

2010 | Office of Women's Health | Download

This is a brief that provides an overview of the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey. The survey asked 4,667 nonpregnant women to self-report their height and weight, which were used to calculate their body mass index. The results were then weighted by age and race/ethnicity to reflect the 2000 California adult female population.

The overall obesity rate among California women in 2007 was 24.3%. Obesity prevalence varied significantly by respondants' demographic characteristics, household income federal poverty level, food insecurity and participation in the SFP or WIC.