How are body weight, eating patterns, and physical activity related to education?
A new article by Vincenzo Atella and Joanna Kopinska (University of Rome)deals with the role of education attainment on individual body mass index (BMI), eating patterns, and physical activity.
They found that completion of lower secondary education has a significant positive impact on reduction of individual BMI, containment of calorie consumption, and promotion of physical activity. Interestingly, these effects are heterogeneous across genders and distributions.
They also show that education attainment is likely to foster productive and allocative efficiency of individuals in the context of BMI formation, and that in the presence of strong socioeconomic inequalities in BMI, education is likely to have a pronounced impact on healthy BMI for the disadvantaged groups, represented in our framework by females.