CDC reports that Higher Education reduces Obesity Rates for Women and Children

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released their 35th annual Health, United States, 2011 report. They found that people with higher education levels had lower rates of obesity in women and children than those with the least education and lowest income levels.

The study found that the households with the higher levels of education between 2007-2010 had lower rates of obesity in girls and boys between 2 and 19 years old. If the head of the household had less than a high school education the obesity level in their children averaged 24 percent in boys and 22 percent in girls. The obesity rate drops dramatically when the head of the household had a bachelor’s degree or higher – the obesity rate was 11 percent for boys and 7 percent for females.

Adult women over 25 years of age between the years of 2007 – 2010 had obesity rates that were between 39 – 43 percent if they had less than a bachelor’s degree. If they had a bachelor’s degree or higher the obesity rate was at 25 percent. However, men did not have an obesity relationship based on education level.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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