Money May Buy Your Kid A Lower Risk Of Obesity, Harvard University Study

Published: Jan 14, 2014

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Obesity among children from lower earning families rose compared to their well-off counterparts, according to a study that suggests the U.S. weight epidemic may be another sign of a growing divide between rich and poor. Using data from two national surveys of children ages 12 to 17 years old, researchers from Harvard University and Insead analyzed parents’ level of education as shorthand for socioeconomic status, a measure of education, income and occupation. The study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that children from less educated families exercised less and didn’t cut their calories as much.

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