Educating women who live in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas can help them fight obesity, a new study reveals.
The new report' authors said that income and education are frequently used as markers for studying health inequalities, although they are 'conceptually distinct.'
They said that it's possible that education is a marker of an individual's access to health information, capacity to assimilate health-related messages, and ability to retain knowledge-related assets, like nutrition knowledge.
She said that the research team mailed surveys to a large random sample of more than 4,000 women, ages 18 to 45, living in low-income towns and suburbs in Victoria. Women reported height, weight, education and personal income.
The authors said that women of amplified disadvantage, those living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods with both low education and personal income, may be at higher risk for high BMI.