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Table 3 Age-standardized prevalence of obesity by occupation within industries overall and among 136,923 black and white men and women, National Health Interview Survey, 2004 to 2011

From: Obesity trends by industry of employment in the United States, 2004 to 2011

  Black women (n = 15,277) White women (n = 58,784) Black men (n = 10,023) White men (n = 52,839)
  No.a %b % Obese No.a %b % Obese No.a %b % Obese No.a %b % Obese
All industries combined, N = 136,923
 Professional/management 1549 10 41 9316 16 23 1120 11 36 13,628 26 26
 Support services 9195 62 46 38,435 66 26 2641 27 35 14,465 27 27
 Laborers 4457 28 48 10,847 18 33 6196 62 37 24,521 47 32
Manufacturing/construction, n = 39,947
 Professional/management 151 8 45 1693 18 21 277 7 38 5331 22 28
 Support services 591 29 44 3997 41 25 513 13 36 2992 13 30
 Laborers 1403 63 48 4082 41 33 3417 80 36 15,359 65 32
Retail, n = 14,779
 Professional/management (47) (3) (50) 343 5 25 (16) (2) (26) 385 7 24
 Support services 1306 87 44 6213 86 28 525 62 32 3356 65 28
 Laborers 150 10 40 670 9 33 307 36 35 1426 28 34
Finances/information, n = 12,769
 Professional/management 353 30 45 1878 30 24 171 28 32 1959 43 24
 Support services 728 62 38 4265 67 27 253 42 30 1823 41 24
 Laborers 103 8 42 217 3 39 224 30 34 736 17 29
Professional/administration/management, n = 12,709
 Professional/management 206 18 32 1971 40 21 242 24 36 3055 55 25
 Support services 573 50 45 2453 49 26 166 16 26 837 16 27
 Laborers 396 32 47 584 11 31 620 60 34 1539 29 29
Education, n = 13,858
 Professional/management 135 8 34 632 7 24 74 12 42 581 19 26
 Support services 1212 71 43 6904 84 20 322 55 36 2057 64 25
 Laborers 394 21 57 768 9 37 209 33 45 530 17 40
Health care and social services, n = 18,032
 Professional/management 277 6 40 998 9 25 67 10 35 396 18 25
 Support services 3280 82 50 9532 86 29 382 62 37 1435 66 23
 Laborers 525 12 58 622 5 44 179 29 37 339 16 31
Accommodation and food, n = 7682
 Professional/management 70 6 52 489 11 28 51 8 48 412 19 30
 Support services 293 26 49 548 15 32 50 10 37 152 8 31
 Laborers 818 68 47 2878 74 29 493 83 34 1407 73 26
Public administration/arts, n = 17,147
 Professional/management 360 16 43 1312 19 22 222 16 36 1509 23 28
 Support services 1212 55 45 4523 66 26 430 30 39 1813 27 28
 Laborers 668 29 42 1026 15 29 747 54 42 3185 49 34
  1. Percentages are weighted estimates; the sample sizes are unweighted
  2. a= Sample size for the entire race-gender subgroup; %
  3. b= Percentage for the entire race-gender subgroup; () = estimates based on small sample size, which means less than 50 participants