Overweight teens make less money as adults
A new study in Sweden has found that men who are obese as teenagers earn an average of 18 percent less as adults than their peers who are not overwieght.
The researchers compared data from Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, analyzing 145,193 Swedish-born brothers who enlisted in the Swedish National Service between 1984 and 1997. The tax groups of the individuals were then analyzed later in life.
This data collectively was then compared to the existing UK and US data. All data analyzed yielded the same results – young men who are obese earn up to 18 percent less when they are adults, compared to their peers. Multiple factors come into play with adolescent obesity including growing up in a low-income family, bullying affecting cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and more health problems later in life. Leaders of the research found a need for policies and programs to reduce disparities in child development.