Obesity by occupation

Here’s a fun, even if somewhat disturbing, graphic from the Wall Street Journal regarding obesity rates for different occupations.

obesity by occupation

Some of this didn’t make sense to me at first, but remembering how obesity is correlated with socioeconomic class (negatively) and race clears things up. Four of the top five most obese occupation classes in the graphic above earn less on average, I’d bet, relative to the bottom three classes. Asian-Americans, who are highly unlikely to be obese, are over-represented in two of the bottom three classes—physicians, dentists, EMTs, nurses and economists,scientists, psychologists.

On a related note, here’s an interesting piece on the “race gap” in America’s police forces, which are dominated by whites.

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