More education, not income, fights obesity

Sept. 13, 2013, Medical Xpress

By Stephanie Stephens

Educational status may protect women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas against obesity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

The study adds to previous studies showing an inverse association between body mass index (BMI) and socioeconomic status (SES). Generally, researchers have discovered that women in areas with fewer economic resources have higher BMIs than women in more affluent communities.

Income and education are frequently used as markers for studying health inequalities, although they are “conceptually distinct,” said the new report’s authors. “It is possible that education is a marker of an individual’s access to health information, capacity to assimilate health-related messages, and ability to retain knowledge-related assets, such as nutrition knowledge.” Continue reading

IOM to host a public workshop on national nutrition education curriculum standards

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Planning Committee for National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards will host a two-day public workshop on March 11-12, 2013. The workshop will feature invited experts presentations and panel discussions that will:

  • Explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children
  • Identify current and promising practices
  • Consider the most important attributes of national  standards
  • Suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators

This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Registration is required and seating will be limited.

View the workshop agenda.

Register for the workshop.

For more information visit the workshop’s webpage on the IOM site.