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Rich men, poor women exposed to obesity

Published on Aug 2, 2012 11:49 AM

(THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Women on low incomes are more likely to be obese, while the opposite is true for men, according to a statistical report by the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare.

In a report titled 2010 National Health Statistics, the ministry classified 8,000 people into four groups based on their monthly income.

The relationship between income and obesity rates were opposite for men and women. Men's obesity rate went up in high-income groups -- 41.0 per cent compared to 31.8 per cent for their low-income counterparts.

However, women had higher obesity rates in low-income groups with 28.9 per cent, while the high-income group's obesity stood at 23.2 per cent.

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