Previous studies show that obesity increases with the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Previous research has also indicated that education may be an important factor in this dissertation. The purpose of this new study was to link efficiency to GDP and education from previous studies, and new data from several different countries is likely to be included.
The researchers have included more extensive and up-to-date data than what has been done in previous studies. In total, data from 70 countries were included. As previous research focused mostly on low and medium countries. The current study included many high costs.
The relationship between education, obesity and GDP
The results of this study confirm that there is an association between obesity, education and GDP. Obesity increases with increasing GDP, but only of those who have a low level of education. There is no significant increase in obesity in those with higher education.
- In countries with high GDP there is more obesity with higher education.
- In countries with high GDP there is more obesity with less education.
The study also found that the relationship between women was marked somewhat higher than that of men.
“When countries become richer, the living conditions change that affect the weight of those with less education,” says lead author Jonas Minette King.
King is an associate professor at the Norwegian Institute of Health Management and Department of Health Stocks, a researcher at the University of Oslo.
For example, earlier literature suggests that less education in poorer countries is associated with higher nutritional consumption, and limited resources available for physical activity. These conditions limit obesity among those with less education in developing countries.
“In countries with rich economies based on more and more services and technology industries, most people can combine calorie-rich foods and, overall, have less work to do with physically demanding. Obesity increases in those with less education in DP countries, ”explains Kingi.
Because the association was perceived to be more pronounced in women, men are not as clear in comparison. Studies have not examined whether differences between the sexes are significant. But it may be that women and men often have different educational backgrounds and businesses, and they experience different standards and ideologies from their society.
About the study
The researchers collected data on the education, age, gender, height and weight of individuals from 70 different countries. They used various statistical methods to analyze the association between obesity and GPD through education.
A major strength of this study is that it covers many countries and has used both absolute and relative academic fields.
It is important to emphasize that he did not study addiction because of the study. Researchers cannot determine, for example, whether it is education and GDP that affect obesity or vice versa. Nor can they be convinced that the results are influenced by other factors not included in the study. Another limitation of the study is that it uses self-reported height and weight, which is not the maximum.
Nevertheless, King believes that the results of this study may be useful for health promotion work to emphasize the interplay between health and promotion factors and obesity. Perhaps especially in developing countries, health promotion efforts should pay attention to these factors.