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ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/uow-zca082807.php 1 of 2 9/1/07 11:43 AM Public release date: 29-Aug-2007 [ Print Article | E-mail Article | Close Window ] Contact: Justin Reedy [email protected] 206-685-0382 University of Washington ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates Neighborhood property values predict local obesity rates better than education or incomes, according to a study from the University of Washington being published online this week by the journal Social Science and Medicine. For each additional $100,000 in the median price of homes, UW researchers found, obesity rates in a given ZIP code dropped by 2 percent. The study, based on analyses of responses to a telephone survey conducted in King County by the local health department and the federal Centers for Disease Control, found six-fold disparities in obesity rates across the Seattle metropolitan area. Obesity rates reached 30
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