Navigation Links
Study finds socioeconomic status linked to weight gain and risk of obesity in African-American women
Date:6/13/2012

(Boston) - Socioeconomic status across one's lifetime is related to weight gain and risk of obesity in African American women, according to a new study led by researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. These findings currently appear online in the journal Ethnicity & Disease.

The researchers followed 23,601 African American women under the age of 55 from 1995 to 2009. These women were participants in the Black Women's Health Study, a follow-up study of the health of African Americans conducted by the Slone Epidemiology Center. The women provided information on their education, the education of their parents and updated information on their own weight over the follow-up period.

The researchers found that women whose parents had not completed high school gained more weight and more often became obese in adulthood than women who had a parent with a college degree. "However, if the woman herself had completed college, she was not at higher risk of obesity regardless of her parents' educational level," explained lead author Patricia Coogan, DSc, senior epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and associate professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.

According to the researchers, low levels of parental and current education were associated with greater weight gain and higher obesity risk. However, over a lifetime, women at the highest level of current education (college graduate) had the lowest weight gain and risk of obesity regardless of their parents' educational achievement. Current educational level of "some college" did not provide the same protective effect on weight gain and obesity risk.

"Our results suggest that women who were disadvantaged in childhood, as indicated by low level of parental education, have greater weight gain as adults, but this tendency can be largely overcome if the woman herself has a high level of education," said Coogan. "A high level of education may be a marker of more access to healthy food and other factors that influence weight gain," she added.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8480
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Huge Rise in CT, MRI, Ultrasound Scan Use: Study
2. Mindful Meditation Tied to Healthy Brain Changes: Study
3. Female Doctors Earn Less Than Male Counterparts: Study
4. Community-acquired MRSA cases on the rise in New York City, study suggests
5. Older Dads May Pass on Longevity to Kids, Study Finds
6. 3-center study identifies main causes of unprofessional behavior among hospitalists
7. Multi-center clinical study intensifies first strike at high-risk cancer in kids
8. A study shows that mosaicism is gaining ground in cancer research
9. Sleep apnea persisting into teens can impact life skills, study finds
10. WSU study finds overwhelming evidence of hidden heart disease in hypertensive African-Americans
11. Docs Arent Coaching Overweight Kids on How to Slim Down: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Bacteria and fungi are probably not the first ingredients that come ... including the right microorganisms in your diet can actually improve health outcomes. And the good ... is the topic of a new peer-reviewed paper led by Maria Marco, ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Drs. Justin Kolnick, Kara Diamond, Randall Barton, Keith Hope and ... key role this treatment plays in protecting oral health, along with the benefits of ... who need a root canal in White Plains, NY or their second location in ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Buzzies parent company, The TouchPoint Solution’s CEO ... Runway Foundation and UBS’ Project Entrepreneur. Mayo will present her pitch about the lifestyle ... Project Entrepreneur’s second annual venture competition ignites bold ideas by providing women access to ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Osteitis ... A type of groin injury, it occurs when the muscles around the pelvis ... in and around the lower torso, as well as accompanying tenderness and weakness. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... The Association of ... professionals, will hold their first Northeast Regional AHVAP Meeting. For 2017, Dr. Hayes ... supply chain and value analysis professionals have a ‘seat at the table’ with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... Inc. , a privately held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing immunogene therapeutics, ... Operating Officer, is scheduled to present a corporate overview at two ... BioPartnering & Investment Forum: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM ... ... Leaders in Biotech Industry – Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:20 ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... -- Invivotek, LLC, a Genesis Biotechnology Group ® ... contract research organization (CRO), announced the completion of the ... research facility in Hamilton, New Jersey ... source to reduce costs and lessen the CRO facility,s ... Farm follows Invivotek,s recent expansion from a 19,712 square ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Devices Market was valued at ... registering a CAGR of 5.1% from 2016 to 2022. The endovascular stent graft system ... market during the study period. Continue Reading ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: