Friday, July 23, 2010

Extra Weight Adds to Economic Woes

“Years of being overweight not only contributes to health problems but also to a person’s economic woes, new research suggests. Adults who have been overweight since high school are more likely to be unemployed or on welfare than those who gained weight gradually during their 20s and 30s, according to a study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology. People who have been persistently overweight since high school are also more likely to be single at 40 and have no more than a high school education, compared with those who have gained weight slowly over time, the study showed. The researchers found that people with less educated parents were more likely to be overweight at a young age. But even controlling for parents’ lower socioeconomic status...

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