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Am J Public Health. 2004 Mar;94(3):468-72.

Relative weight and income at different levels of socioeconomic status.

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  • 1Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the association of relative weight with individual income at different levels of socioeconomic status among gainfully employed Finnish women and men.

METHODS:

We used a population-based survey including 2068 women and 2314 men with linked income data from a taxation register. Regression analysis was used to calculate mean income levels within educational and occupational groups.

RESULTS:

Compared with their normal-weight counterparts, obese women with higher education or in upper white-collar positions had significantly lower income; a smaller income disadvantage was seen in overweight women with secondary education and in manual workers. Excess body weight was not associated with income disadvantages in men.

CONCLUSIONS:

Obesity is associated with a clear income disadvantage, particularly among women with higher socioeconomic status.

PMID:
14998816
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PMCID:
PMC1448278
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