According to a study conducted in 2009, 18.5 percent of the people of Los Angeles say that their health is fair or poor. However, 22 percent of the people have also been reported to be uninsured.
As of 2009, the biggest health concerns for Los Angeles are obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Almost 36 percent adults are suffering from obesity whereas the rate of cardiovascular diseases is quite high as well. 29.1 percent of people have been reported to have high levels of cholesterol whereas 24.7 percent people suffer from hypertension. These problems of obesity and cardiovascular diseases are often inter-related and can be reduced by educating the people about a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. The percentage of people suffering from diabetes is 8.7 percent.
Unfortunately the rate of immunization isn’t satisfactory either. Only 51.9 percent people have been vaccinated for influence which could mean that the health of the people of Los Angeles is in danger from the influenza as well.
Binge drinking also seems to be causing health problems as 16.2 percent of people of Los Angeles are involved in binge drinking. This rate also accounts for the rate of 5.4 (per 100,000) deaths that have occurred due to alcohol or drugs. Moreover, the percentage of people smoking regularly is 14.3 percent.
The percentage of low birth weight (per 100) is 7.4 percent whereas the infant mortality rate is 4.9 per 1000. The city also has 13.6 percent people suffering from depression which can account for the suicide rate of 6.6 per 100,000.
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About Los Angeles
Los Angeles, with a population of 3,792,621, is the second most populous city of the United States. It is situated in the state California and is the most populous city of this state. It has an area of 503 square miles.
The word “Los Angeles” is a Spanish word meaning “The Angels”. It is officially called the “City of Los Angeles”. It is more commonly known by its acronym “L.A.” and sometimes, as “City of Angels”.
Los Angeles is the third largest economic center of the world. In 2010, its gross metropolitan product (the Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana) was $735.7 billion. A big aspect of Los Angeles’ economy is the international trading. Many international companies as well as their headquarters are situated here whereas six Fortune 500 companies are located in the city. The industries of television and entertainment, technology, fashion and apparel have been major sources of support to the economy.
Tourism is a very significant aspect of the economy. Popular tourist destinations include Disneyland, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Universal Studios, Warner brother Studios, Raging Waters, and many other shopping malls and museums.
The body that governs the schooling system of the city is called “Los Angeles Unified School District”. California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are the three public sector universities situated in Los Angeles. The private sector university, The University of Southern California (USC), is also a boost to the economy, being the source of providing $4 billion annually.