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Educational Outcomes, Gender and Body Weight: Evidence from Italy

digital Educational Outcomes, Gender and Body Weight:
Evidence from Italy
Article
journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2016 - 3-4
title Educational Outcomes, Gender and Body Weight: Evidence from Italy
authors
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 01-2017
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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This study examines the relationship between body weight and academic performance, focusing on gender differences and using survey data from students at the University of Salerno in Italy. Our findings indicate a significant negative relationship between body weight and academic performance, particularly for female students. Moreover, examining the relationship between BMI and field of study (i.e., science vs. the humanities), our results indicate that overweight/obese females are less likely than those of average weight to choose scientific studies, and hence, more remunerative careers. The asymmetry of the findings between males and females suggests that during late adolescence physicality plays different roles according to gender.