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Socioeconomic disadvantage is linked to obesity across generations, UK study finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j163 (Published 11 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j163
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Socioeconomic disadvantage in childhood or as an adult is associated with higher body mass index (BMI) that persists with age and over different generations, longitudinal data from three national British birth cohorts of people born in 1946, 1958, and 1970 have shown.1

Previous studies have found that people with lower socioeconomic resources, both as children and adults, are more likely to have a higher BMI and increased risk of obesity in adulthood. …

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