A new study is finding that a black woman’s socioeconomic status is directly linked to her propensity toward Obesity. A study at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University is saying that black women in lower socioeconomic conditions are more likely to be unhealthy and overweight. The findings are set to appear in the journal of Ethnicity & Disease.
The researchers analyzed 23,601 black women under the age of 55 from 1995 to 2009. The women were sorted based on education levels, education of their parents, and their own weight. The study’s results found that more women who did not complete high school gained more weight and became obese during adulthood than those who graduated from college.
“However, if the woman herself had completed college, she was not at higher risk of obesity regardless of her parents’ educational level,” said Patricia Coogan, DSc, lead author on the study and associate professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.
“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.