A recent study that was published in the BMC Public Health journal that was conducted by researchers at UCL found that women who did not have any formal education and who were working in sedentary occupations were two times more likely to be obese centrally compared with women who had no education working in the agriculture sector.
As far as women who have had some degree of formal education are concerned, there was no link found between their education and central obesity. Women with education and those in sedentary occupations were highly likely to suffer from obesity in the centre compared with those who were in agricultural occupations.
To do the study, a sample of 2,465 women aged above 60 years who participated in the Chinese Four Provinces study. According to the lead author of the study, Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi, China, like several other emerging economies is going through rapid economic change with a lot of people moving from agriculture to manual and service-based jobs in different cities. She added that a lot of women leave their families for the city to make enhancements in their living conditions as well as prospects of life. Chinese markets are simultaneously opening up to new consumer products as well as lifestyles resulting in chances in diet and patterns of physical activity.
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