Sunday, December 19, 2010

Iraqi refugees match Californians in obesity rates

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 - Iraqi refugees newly arrived in the United States are exhibiting high rates of chronic health conditions, including the same prevalence of obesity as Californians, government researchers reported. Iraqis represent the largest group of refugees resettling in the United States, accounting for 28,000 arrivals during the past two years -- or 21 percent of the total -- with nearly a quarter going to California, the most for any other state.
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