Health >> Obesity / Overweight >> Adults >> Education, Income, Employment

Obesity rates were lowest among college graduates and high-income earners, and were highest among those who were unable to work.

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.

  • College graduates were less likely to be obese than adults with less education.
  • Adults living in households earning more than $75,000 a year were less likely to be obese than those with lower incomes. Still, 1 out of every 6 adults at this income level was obese.
  • Adults who were unable to work were more likely to be obese than those in other employment categories.