US study says obese girls much less likely to attend college

July 25, 2007

A recent US study found that, in comparison to their trimmer peers, obese girls in the US were half as likely to enroll in college, especially when they attended secondary schools where obesity was relatively uncommon.  The study discussed theories that girls are more focused on their bodies and appearance than are boys, and that their self-perceptions have a greater effect on their education -- leading to increased instances of suicidal thoughts, negative self-images, and alcohol and marijuana use.  The report found that, regardless of their school context, obese boys did not differ from their peers in college enrolment. CBC