Correlation is not causation but it’s so satisfying to find one!
Getting data out of the hands of the CDC and others is difficult. If you’ve ever wandered around the CDC WONDER database it’s enough to make you rip your hair out. It’s like they purposely designed the UI to haunt you in your dreams.
Well, we try to make things simple for our subscribers… and this took A LOT of time to cull together but we think it’s worth it.
This file has (almost) every FIPS (county ID code) in the U.S.:
So, if you plot the deaths per 100K against the 500 project field OBESITY (the prevalence of Obesity) then you get this: