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The Spatial Distribution of Gender Differences in Obesity Prevalence Differs from Overall Obesity Prevalence among US Adults

Citation

Gartner, Danielle R.; Taber, Daniel R.; Hirsch, Jana A.; & Robinson, Whitney R. (2016). The Spatial Distribution of Gender Differences in Obesity Prevalence Differs from Overall Obesity Prevalence among US Adults. Annals of Epidemiology, 26(4), 293-298. PMCID: PMC4901384

Abstract

Purpose: Although obesity disparities between racial and socioeconomic groups have been well characterized, those based on gender and geography have not been as thoroughly documented. This study describes obesity prevalence by state, gender, and race and/or ethnicity to (1) characterize obesity gender inequality, (2) determine if the geographic distribution of inequality is spatially clustered, and (3) contrast the spatial clustering patterns of obesity gender inequality with overall obesity prevalence.
Methods: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System were used to calculate state-specific obesity prevalence and gender inequality measures. Global and local Moran's indices were calculated to determine spatial autocorrelation.
Results: Age-adjusted, state-specific obesity prevalence difference and ratio measures show spatial autocorrelation (z-score = 4.89,

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.02.010

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2016

Journal Title

Annals of Epidemiology

Author(s)

Gartner, Danielle R.
Taber, Daniel R.
Hirsch, Jana A.
Robinson, Whitney R.

PMCID

PMC4901384