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Report: 30345 ZIP Code Fattest in DeKalb County

Health officials have determined the 30345 ZIP code has the most obese people in the county.

Report: 30345 ZIP Code Fattest in DeKalb County Report: 30345 ZIP Code Fattest in DeKalb County

I found this rather surprising: The 30345 ZIP code has the most obese people in DeKalb County, health officials said.

Nearly two-thirds of that ZIP code, which includes the area and the Henderson Mill community, is obese, according to a WSB-TV report yesterday.

Most of that ZIP seems to be a relatively high-income area though a good chunk of it covers areas west of Northeast Expressway between Buford Highway, a low-income area. Obesity rates tend to be higher in low-income areas, so I imagine that smaller area probably accounts for a larger obesity percentage.

According to the report, health officials don't seem to be certain why such a high number of residents are obese, but one suggested a lack of sidewalks and the fact that most people in the ZIP code shop at convenience stores which rarely sell fresh food (which, again, suggests that the western chunk of the area's obesity rates are likely much, much higher than the eastern part, which has plenty of great grocery stores).

Check out the full story and a video report here.

CORRECTION: The article incorrectly stated in the first paragraph that the ZIP code was 30334. The correct ZIP code is 30345.

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