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Lifting the lid on geographic complexity in the relationship between body mass index and education in China

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In China, rising obesity has coincided with increasing affluence. Few studies have properly accounted for geographic variation, however, which may influence prior results. Using large data with biomarkers in China, we show body mass index (BMI) to be positively correlated with higher person-level education if estimated using ordinary least squares. In stark contrast, fitting the same data within a multilevel model gives the complete opposite result. We go on to show that the relationship between BMI and person-level education in China is dependent upon geography, underlining why multilevel modelling is crucial for revealing these types of people-place contingencies.

Authors


  •   Zhou, Maigeng (external author)
  •   Feng, Xiaoqi
  •   Yong, Jiang (external author)
  •   Li, Yichong (external author)
  •   Zhang, Mei (external author)
  •   Page, Andrew (external author)
  •   Astell-Burt, Thomas E
  •   Zhao, Wenhua (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Zhou, M., Feng, X., Yong, J., Li, Y., Zhang, M., Page, A., Astell-Burt, T. & Zhao, W. (2017). Lifting the lid on geographic complexity in the relationship between body mass index and education in China. Health and Place, 46 1-5.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85017658134

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ihmri/1097

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 46

Abstract


  • In China, rising obesity has coincided with increasing affluence. Few studies have properly accounted for geographic variation, however, which may influence prior results. Using large data with biomarkers in China, we show body mass index (BMI) to be positively correlated with higher person-level education if estimated using ordinary least squares. In stark contrast, fitting the same data within a multilevel model gives the complete opposite result. We go on to show that the relationship between BMI and person-level education in China is dependent upon geography, underlining why multilevel modelling is crucial for revealing these types of people-place contingencies.

Authors


  •   Zhou, Maigeng (external author)
  •   Feng, Xiaoqi
  •   Yong, Jiang (external author)
  •   Li, Yichong (external author)
  •   Zhang, Mei (external author)
  •   Page, Andrew (external author)
  •   Astell-Burt, Thomas E
  •   Zhao, Wenhua (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Zhou, M., Feng, X., Yong, J., Li, Y., Zhang, M., Page, A., Astell-Burt, T. & Zhao, W. (2017). Lifting the lid on geographic complexity in the relationship between body mass index and education in China. Health and Place, 46 1-5.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85017658134

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ihmri/1097

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 46