Low-Income, Minority Women Face Health Disparities in California, Report Finds
Low-income and minority women in California are more likely to be in poor health, obese and uninsured than whites and higher-income women, according to a University of California Center for Health Policy Research report released on Thursday, the Fresno Bee reports. The report, "Women's Health in California," is based on more than 50,000 telephone interviews conducted in 2001 and 2005.
The report found that:
- Statewide, low-income Hispanic women are three times more likely to be uninsured than whites;
- Low-income women are four times more likely than higher-income women to be uninsured;
- Low-income women between ages 18 and 64 are three times more likely than higher-income women to report that they are in fair to poor health;
- Low-income women are more likely to have health conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, which affect their quality of life, compared with higher-income women; and
- More than 20% of low-income women statewide are obese and 25.5% are overweight.
The report is available online.
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