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Gene-environment interactions between education and body mass: evidence from the UK and Finland

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Publication date

Dec 2017

Summary

More education is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and likelihood of being overweight. However, since a large proportion of the variation in body mass is due to genetic makeup, it has been hypothesized that education may moderate the genetic risk. We estimate main associations between (i) education, (ii) genetic risk, and (iii) interactions between education and genetic risk on BMI and the probability of being overweight in the UK and Finland. The estimates show that education is negatively associated with BMI and overweightness, and genetic risk is positively associated. However, the interactions between education and genetic risk are small and statistically insignificant.

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Social Science and Medicine

Volume and page numbers

195 , 12 -16

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.027

ISSN

16

Subjects

Education, Health, Biology, and Genetics

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1586997~S5

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