Socioeconomics and Obesity

Individuals with lower income and/or education levels are disproportionately more likely to be obese:

Socioeconomics and Obesity among Children

An analysis of the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health found that:2,3,4

Socioeconomics and Obesity among Children


1 Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future - 2011. Washington, D.C.: Trust for America's Health, 2011. (accessed July 2012). Based on data using the previous BRFSS meth- odology in use from 2008-2010.

2 Singh GK, Kogan MD. Childhood obesity in the United States, 1976-2008: Trends and Current Racial/Ethnic, Socioeconomic, and Geographic Disparities. A 75th Anniversary Publication. Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010.

3 Singh GK, Siahpush M, Kogan MD. Neighborhood socioeconomic conditions, built environments, and childhood obesity. Health Affairs, 29(3)503-512, 2010.

4 Singh GK, Siahpush M, Kogan MD. Rising social inequalities in US childhood obesity, 2003-2007. Annul Epi 20(1):40-52, 2010.