Study finds high obesity rate in Clark County

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by Jacqueline Sit, KGW staff

KING5.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. -- New numbers show a trend doctors call scary; more than half of the people who live in Clark County are overweight or obese.

The report found that it's not just adults who have been struggling with weight, 25-percent of children in the area are either obese or overweight.

A map and fact sheet breaks down the obesity rates by zip code in Clark County. The Ridgefield area had at least a 70-percent rate compared to the Vancouver area which has around 52-percent.

Clark County health officer Dr. Alan Melnick said the numbers show that the weight problem is everywhere. Melnick cautioned not to read too much into the numbers by zip code since the sample size is small.  He also highlighted some reasons why some areas have higher rates than others.

“There are certain areas of the county where people don’t have equal access to healthy food and there are areas where people don’t have good access to parks and trails like that,” Melnick explained.

He added that health officials were working with city leaders on developing ways to make their communities more accessible, in an effort to help solve this obesity problem.

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