Educational Status May Help Women from Poor Places Beat Obesity

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Sep 16, 2013

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  • Income and education are traditional markers to study health inequalities.
  • 4,000 women, ages 18 to 45, living in low-income areas of Victoria surveyed.
  • Health inequalities reported - height, weight, education and personal income.
  • Disadvantaged neighbourhood women were at higher risk for high BMI.

role of education in health careA new study suggests that educational status could help protect women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in the fight against obesity.

According to the study author, Lauren K. Williams, Ph.D., formerly of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, income and education are frequently used as markers for studying health inequalities although they are 'conceptually distinct.'

They said that it's possible that education is a marker of an individual's access to health information, capacity to assimilate health-related messages, and ability to retain knowledge-related assets, like nutrition knowledge.

The research team 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 said that women of amplified disadvantage, those living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods with both low education and personal income, may be at higher risk for high BMI.


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