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Where are the high-income thin people?

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Disability insurers and long-term care insurers with an interest in locating high-income prospects of normal weight might want to try Vermont and the District of Columbia.

Only 19 percent of Vermont residents with income over $75,000 are obese, and just 15 percent of high-income D.C. residents are obese.

More than 30 percent of the high-income people in states like North Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Virginia and Louisiana are obese.

Analysts at the United Health Foundation have broken obesity down by state and income level in a collection of colorful, interactive Web-based maps.

The map is part of the foundation’s latest annual state health rankings report.

State health statistics tend to go hand-in-hand with race and income figures. States like Minnesota and Hawaii tend to rank at or near the top of the tables, and states like Mississippi and Louisiana tend to rank at the bottom.

The new interactive maps give users some ability to filter out demographic differences and look only at state data for high-income people or for highly educated people.

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