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The likelihood of being obese varied significantly by age, race, and ethnicity.

At any stage of life, obesity can have serious health consequences, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overweight children are at risk of becoming obese adults; obese children are likely to remain obese in adulthood.

To compare obesity rates among sub-groups, 3 years of data (2009-2011) were combined. Overall, 21% of King County adults were obese.

  • Obesity increased with age until age 65, when the rate declined. Young adults were least likely to be obese.
  • Blacks, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders were more likely to be obese than whites and Asians. Because the obesity rate was so low among Asians (6%), and because Asians represented a much larger proportion of the population of King County than of the U.S. (14.6% vs. 4.8%, respectively, in the 2010 Census), King County’s overall obesity rate of 21% masked significant racial and ethnic group disparities.
  • Hispanics who chose to be interviewed in Spanish were no more likely to be obese than those interviewed in English.