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A new study suggests that obesity—or more particularly body image—may be an education issue as well as a health issue. Research from the University of Texas at Austin finds that obese girls are half as likely to go to college than their thinner female peers. Assistant Professor Robert Crosnoe, who conducted the study, says that, in comparison with boys, obese girls are more likely to suffer from a poor body image, which can have a detrimental effect on their educational goals. The study, which tracked 11,000 American adolescents, found that the link between obesity and lower college enrollment was more pronounced among non-white girls and those who attended schools where obesity is uncommon. "How students fit in with or stand out from their peers at school is of the utmost importance to their educational pathways,” Crosnoe said in an article from the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

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In this day and age where the only thing that is taught to girls is that looks are the most important thing, is it any wonder this is occurring. Our girls are not taught that kindness, compassion, intelligence, and fortitude are important. Looks are all that matters.

There IS an emphasis on looks and fair of not it is a fact of life - it is human nature. We ARE more attracted to slim, svelte, figures in both male and females. I do realize that in historical times and in some culture overweight is/was synonamous with affluence, wealth, and abundance. Still, I think nature has genearlly smiled on the lithe unencumbered figure.

Whether a person is male or female, looks and body language are motivators that create initial interest. After that however, looks become secondary to other elements like personality, intelligence, and kindness. Looks may get a person in the door of interest but it is the mind, disposition, and personal values that sustain longevity in relationships.

I disagree with any study that says there is a link between obesity and lower college enrollment being more pronounced among non-white girls and those who attend schools where obesity is uncommon. I would like to know the ratio of non-white student enrollment on the entire campus where you did the poll and the cost to attend that college. As well as the enrollment ratio of non-white adolencent students in the schools where those 11,000 americans were tracked. I challenge you to do a poll of how many obese women are enrolled on non-white college campuses and compare that to your college in Austin poll.

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