Levels of College Education

Figure 1.18a: Obesity Rates Among Adults Ages 25 and Older, by Age and Education Level, 2008

Figure 1.18a: Adult Obesity Rates by Age and Education Level, 2008

Notes & Sources

Note: “Obesity” is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is equivalent to being at least about 30 pounds overweight at average heights. BMI equals 703 multiplied by weight in pounds divided by height in inches squared.

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, 2008; calculations by the authors.

  • While the frequency of obesity is lower among adults with some college education than among high school graduates, for each age group the gap is largest between those with a bachelor’s degree and those with some college or an associate degree.
  • Differences in obesity rates by education level persist through middle age but narrow considerably at older ages. For example, among 35- to 44-year-olds, 23% of four-year college graduates and 37% of high school graduates were obese in 2008. Among those 65 or older, 24% of four-year college graduates and 28% of high school graduates were obese.
  • Additional health care costs attributable to obesity averaged about $361 per adult in 2008. The total cost could increase fourfold by 2018 if the current rate of increase in obesity continues (United Health Foundation, 2009).

You might also like:
The Four Levels of Comprehension- Education Lesson (2012)
The Four Levels of Comprehension- Education Lesson (2012)
Online Education Graduate Reflects - American College of
Online Education Graduate Reflects - American College of ...
Molecular Model Kit Organic & Inorganic Chemistry Set by Dalton Labs - Educational Molecule Set - 252pcs Color Coded Atoms, Bonds, Orbitals, Links - Learning & Teaching Atomic Structure - Science Toys
BISS (Dalton Labs)
  • CHEMISTRY MOLECULAR MODEL KIT: Plastic models for organic and inorganic chemistry learning. Molecule Set designed for advanced science educational learning with...
  • ADVANCED LEARNING: 252 piece set provides hands on activity to students from grades 7-12 to visually demonstrate molecular geometry and structure of compounds &...
  • MOLECULE SCIENCE IN 3D: Includes pieces of atom centers, bonds, and orbitals for assembly and tool for removing bonds inorganic molecules, empirical formula representations...
  • PRO SCIENCE EQUIPMENT FOR MODEL BUILDING: Made from high quality durable materials designed for easy construction and fit. Pieces are color coded to national standards...
  • OUR SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - Dalton Labs is a USA family owned business. We always offer a 100% No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee. Dalton Labs uses only the...
Related Posts