Friday, November 8, 2013

Lower Education Levels Linked to Unhealthy Diets

Lower Education Levels Linked to Unhealthy Diets
People with lower levels of education may eat larger amounts of unhealthy, calorically dense food than those with a higher education level, possibly because they are more physically active, according to new research published November 6th in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, by Jonas Finger and colleagues at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany.

Studies consistently show that unhealthy diets are seen more often in people of lower socioeconomic status, a term based on factors such as education level, income level, and occupation. Overall physical activity, however, may also be related to socioeconomic status and dietary habits.

In this study, the authors used a large-scale survey approach to investigate the relationship between education level, food consumption, and physical activity. They analyzed a large database from a representative German adult population and found that German adults with a low level of education consumed more sugar- and fat-rich foods than adults with a high education level. They also consumed fewer fruits and vegetables than those with higher education levels.

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  1. Yes, healthy food does influence well on each and every aspect of our life and it's time we start paying attention to what we eat. But I do not think that blaming unhealthy food for low level of education is completely fair. First of all, it is all on us whether we want or we do not want to study at all. Nowadays, kids would rather find help with home assignment online then they would spend some time trying to do it by themselves. It is the way our kids are: lazy bones who believe that there is always someone to help them out.