23 December 2006

Vegenius?

Here’s one from left field:

Children with higher IQs apparently tend to grow up as vegetarians.

Vegetarians were more likely to be female, of higher social class and better educated, but IQ was still a significant predictor of being vegetarian after adjustment for these factors, [senior research fellow Catharine] Gale [from MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre of the University of Southampton] said.

There were some other interesting comments included:

“We know from other studies that brighter children tend to behave in a healthier fashion as adults — they’re less likely to smoke, less likely to be overweight, less likely to have high blood pressure and more likely to take strenuous exercise,” Gale said. “This study provides further evidence that people with a higher IQ tend to have a healthier lifestyle.”

The data came from 8200 people aged 30, who had been IQ-tested at age 10.

Another interesting elitist snippet:

”Evidence is also strong and consistent that greater intelligence, higher education, and loftier social status — which tend to cluster with one another — also correlate with good health.” [Dr David L Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center]

So... it’s a tofuture? (-:

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