Obese females less likely to go to
AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) -- Obese girls are half as likely to attend college as
non-obese girls, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas
The study also shows obese girls are even less likely to
enter college if they attend a high school where obesity is relatively uncommon,
according to the study published in the July issue of the journal Sociology of
Study leader Robert Crosnoe, a sociologist, tracked nearly
11,000 U.S. adolescents, using data from the National Longitudinal Study of
The study also found obese girls were more likely to
consider committing suicide, use alcohol and marijuana and have negative
"Obesity has been identified as a serious public health
issue, but these results indicate the harmful effects extend far beyond physical
health," Crosnoe said in statement.
The disconnect between obesity and
college enrollment was more pronounced among non-whites and among girls whose
parents did not graduate from college.
Obese boys did not differ from
their non-obese peers in college enrollment.
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