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March 08, 2012

Does recession makes people slimmer?

As the financial recession of 2007 had brought great economic disaster to every household, a recent study has suggested one of it's positive aspects. This recent study has found that the people, who had become overweight before, halved in 3 years' time following this economic crisis!

The Arizona Stat University researcher compiled data of around 350,000 adults across the United States. Their height & weight was measured to determine the BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is a heuristic proxy for human body fat based on an individual's height & weight. The person having a BMI score of 30 or above is termed obese & if the same is within 25 to 30, he/she is considered as overweight as per the norms provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

In an earlier research, it was found that people from the lower income group gain more weight because they take cheaper foods but with higher calories, like takeaways & pre-packaged meals. Hence it was normally expected that when every family faced an economic scarcity, they should gain weight. But this new research found that people became slimmer as an effect of the recession irrespective of their income. 


santa said...

Body weight of a person is theoretically the weight of the person without any items on. However, for all practical purposes, body weight is taken with clothes on but often without the shoes and heavy accessories like mobile phones and wallets. Thanks.

santa said...

Access to health care varies across countries, groups and individuals, largely influenced by social and economic conditions as well as the health policies in place. Countries and jurisdictions have different policies and plans in relation to the personal and population based health care goals within their societies. Thanks.

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