A recent study conducted by three researchers including Christie A. Befort, Ph.D and Niaman Nazir, M.D, from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Michael G. Perri, Ph.D, from the University of Florida, found people live in cities are slimmer than people live in rural. In term of demographic trends, the study believes that rural obesity is a big issue. The study is being published by the Journal of Rural Health which is operated by the National Rural Health Association.
The advantage of the study was that researchers used a new method of body mass index (BMI) information to compare obesity rates between people who live in rural and in urban. The study used a sample of over 8,800 Americans.
The study’s findings showed that people live in countryside have about 20% higher chance of being fatter than those living in cities. By using BMI info, the obesity rates for Americans who live in rural were at about 40%, while the obesity rates for Americans who live in urban were at 33%.