Childhood Obesity by Socioeconomic Status

New York Finger Lakes Region (2014-2016)

Disparities in obesity rates are apparent at an early age. Even among elementary school students, there are much higher rates of obesity in the low SES areas. The pattern is the same among middle and high school students.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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