WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans who have been out of work for a year or more are much more likely to be obese than those unemployed for a shorter time. The obesity rate rises from 22.8% among those unemployed for two weeks or less to 32.7% among those unemployed for 52 weeks or more.
I’d be interested to see what percentage of the long term unemployed and obese are black. I’d hazard a wager that the figure is higher than the percentage of blacks in the general population.
Gallup probably knows, but they’re not about to publish the ethnic demographics of their polling on this.