|The Functional Significance of Low Body Mass Index (IDECG, 1992, 203 p.)|
|Body mass index: its relationship with food consumption and socioeconomic variables in Brazil|
Allen: Is there a difference in BMI between blacks and whites?
Vasconcellos: Yes, generally black people are poorer, so it is an effect of income, not colour. Naidu: The North has a population with a low BMI. If you look within the same occupational and economic group, are there any racial differences?
Vasconcellos: The data do not allow this analysis. The North is more rural and mainly agricultural. In the South we have more industry and service people. Socio-professional stratification and income shows a high correlation with urban and rural areas, so we would not compare this variable. In trying to look at income levels there is also a problem that the same amount of money does not buy the same amount of food in different regions of Brazil.