By request, comparing maps on life expectancy and obesity

Earlier today, I posted a couple of maps about a new study of life expectancy trends from 1987 to 2007.

Here I’m reposting those two maps along with a county-by-county map of obesity rates in 2007, according to the CDC. There obviously could be all sorts of other issues in play, but there often is a strong correlation between higher obesity rates in a county and the sluggish growth or even decline in life expectancy in that county. Again, that doesn’t mean we can draw a causal connection. [UPDATE: I’m also adding a poverty map.]

Take a look.

And county by county poverty:

1 comment for “By request, comparing maps on life expectancy and obesity

  1. bill dawers
    June 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Let me add that many of those counties with high poverty rates have had those rates for a long long time. The obesity rates have increased dramatically in recent decades, however, and it’s hard not to think that increases in obesity rates have a direct correlation to sluggish or negative growth in life expectancy.

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