Women's health policies associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking: A follow-up on the women's health report card

Jennifer P. Wisdom, Yvonne L. Michael, Katrina Ramsey, Michelle Berlin

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Abstract

This study sought to elucidate associations between state-level policies related to women's health and state prevalence of obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes among women. Using data from national sources compiled for Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card, state policies on key women's health issues were evaluated on the degree to which policies adequately protected women's health. Blocked regressions assessed the policies associated with state outcomes. Antidiscrimination policies were prominent for high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity; models accounted for significant variance for all outcomes. State policies that support women may improve women's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-122
Number of pages20
JournalWomen and Health
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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