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  • The more educated a person is, the less likely they are to remain obese

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 4:05 am Email this article
    Education is inversely related to the risk of remaining obese according to a recent study. In other words, the more educated a person is, the less likely they are to remain obese.

    The study also found that intelligence was inversely related to significant weight gain and developing obesity, but this associated disappeared when education was taken into account.

    This suggests the possibility that the more time doctors spend educating patients about the risks of being overweight, the benefits of weight loss, and ways of losing weight, the more successful patients might be.

    This study included men only.


    Halkjaer J, Holst C, Sorensen T. Intelligence test score and educational level in relation to BMI changes and obesity. Obes Res. 2003 Oct, 11(10):1238-45.

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