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On the percent of excess risk explained
  1. Ashley H Schempf1,
  2. Jay S Kaufman2
  1. 1Office of Epidemiology, Policy and Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Rockville, Maryland, USA
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashley H Schempf, Office of Data and Program Development, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 5600 Fishers Lane Rm 18-46, Rockville, MD 20857, USA; aschempf{at}hrsa.gov

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Bleich et al1 provide a novel examination of black–white disparities in women's health by comparing only women who live in two Baltimore census tracts that are integrated and low income, thereby controlling for social context and contemporaneous income. Many national and regional datasets include black and white women who tend to live in very different neighbourhoods due to systematic residential segregation, and unless the neighbourhood environment is controlled with fixed effects,2 3 disparities may be overestimated. The authors report that the obesity disparity is no …

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