The Centers for Disease Control recently released a map showing which counties in the United States had the highest rate of arthritis. William Heisel of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation thought he saw a strong similarity between the CDC map and his organization’s map of obesity rates by county.
Arkansas shows up strongly on both maps. While Northwest Arkansas shows a lower rate of arthritis and of obesity than other parts of the state, we’re higher than the national average on both. The CDC recommends that people in high-obesity areas work on that to reduce their chances of getting arthritis in the future.
Connections between arthritis and obesity
So do arthritis and obesity go together? The Arthritis Foundation says yes.