Obesity: Women Worse Off?
Here’s a neat little post from the Freakonomics Blog, “Why Are Women More Likely to Be Obese Than Men?” Three reasons why:
1. “Women who were nutritionally deprived as children are significantly more likely to be obese as adults, while men who were deprived as children face no greater risk.”
2. “Women of higher adult socioeconomic status are significantly more likely to be obese, which is not true for men.”
3. “Finally (and more speculatively), women’s perceptions of an ‘ideal’ female body are larger than men’s perceptions of the ‘ideal’ male body, and individuals with larger ‘ideal’ body images are significantly more likely to be obese.”
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