UM: Obesity

NPR reports on research that childhood obesity may correlate to worsened economic and social status later in life. The report is based on new research by Phillippa Clarke, a UM epidemiologist, who found that people who’ve been consistently overweight since high school have a greater chance of being single, unemployed, and on welfare. While her study did not explain why, Clarke reasons that discrimination as children would lead overweight people to lose self-esteem and thus have lower expectations and ambitions later in life. [Source]