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Obese Girls Less Likely To Go To College

A new study in the journal Sociology of Education suggests that obese girls are only half as
likely to go to college as non-obese girls.
I interviewed the study’s author, Dr. Robert Crosnoe, to learn more
about the relationship of weight, self-esteem, and peer popularity to the
education of young women.

Dr. Val: What did your study reveal about the impact of
obesity on the education of young girls?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 1

Dr. Val: How does popularity figure into the equation?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 2

Dr. Val: How do you explain the gender gap – that obesity
didn’t seem to influence whether or not boys went on to college?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 3

Dr. Val: What should we do based on the study results?

Dr. Crosnoe’s response – audio 4

This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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2 Responses to “Obese Girls Less Likely To Go To College”

  1. RH Host Melissa says:

    This was a very interesting study to me and also a very sad one as well.  What a shame that a woman’s weight is deciding whether she furthers her education or not.  

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks again RHG for another inovation in reporting. I think this just shows another disparing fact of the social impact differences between a fat man and a fat woman…Kristy Ally’s fat person was not as well received as Kevin James”..both had a large stomach and a large backside…but I don’t remember seeing any fat men jokes about him, but I do remember those about her….Atitude is the answer, we all need to get away from appearance and deal w/ what is important…the person…their feelings and talents.

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