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    Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 8:27am

Education Trumps Income In The Fight Against Obesity, And More Health News This Week

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  • Higher education, rather than income, protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods from obesity.
  • Education level may be associated with greater access to health information and the capacity to understand and use health information.




Researchers have been studying the relationship between body mass index and socioeconomic status for years, agreeing, for the most part, that women in areas with fewer economic resources have higher BMIs than women in more affluent communities.

But a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, shows that higher education, rather than income, may actually be the thing that protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the battle of the bulge.

Take a look at why researchers say education trumps income in the fight against obesity, and more notes on the black health chart this week.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/education-income-obesity-health-news-this-week_n_3961282.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular


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mailed surveys to a large random sample of more than 4,000 women, ages 18 to 45, living in low-income towns and suburbs in Victoria. Women reported height, weight, education and personal income.

The authors wanted to examine the role of amplified disadvantage — defined in the study as having a disadvantage in both education and income — and of status inconsistency, defined as disadvantage in either education or income, on BMI, Williams said.

Women of amplified disadvantage, those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods with both low education and personal income, may be at higher risk for high BMI, the authors determined. Those factors “should be at the forefront of obesity prevention initiatives,” they wrote.

"This is a carefully conducted analysis of Australian data,” said Frederick J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., who is the Fred W. and Pamela K. Wasserman Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Because only low-income women were studied, it isn't clear to what extent the results would apply to higher-income women, to men or to non-Australians. It has often been suggested that obesity happens because low-income people cannot afford high-quality food. Yet this study's results suggest an alternative narrative: that it is education, and not income, that constrains people's ability to eat healthfully.”

http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2013/more-education-not-income-fights-obesity#.UkA-rxDp8eI

http://www.ajhpcontents.com/doi/abs/10.4278/ajhp.120316-QUAN-143


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*sucks teeth*... wasting money to research sh*t we already know.

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Not when fruits and veggies cost more than fruit snacks.
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why distinguish when the two are directly related?
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Well I did lose weight when I went to college. Lol.
I agree with southern. I think they're all intertwined.
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Originally posted by SoutherNtellect SoutherNtellect wrote:

why distinguish when the two are directly related?


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