publication . Report . Preprint . Other literature type . Article . 2008

Obesity and skill attainment in early childhood

John Cawley; C. Katharina Spiess;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2008
  • Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
Abstract
This paper investigates the association between obesity and skill attainment in early childhood (aged 2-4 years). Data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study are used to estimate models of developmental functioning in four critical areas (verbal skills, activities of daily living, motor skills, and social skills) as a function of various measures of weight (including body mass index and obesity) controlling for a rich set of child, parent, and family characteristics. The findings indicate that, among boys, obesity is associated with reduced verbal skills, social skills, motor skills, and activities of daily living. Among girls, obesity is associated with red...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: behavioral disciplines and activitieseducation
free text keywords: jel:I1, jel:I2, jel:J13, jel:J24, Health(social science), Motor skill, Developmental psychology, Social skills, Child development, Early childhood, Life skills, Economics, Activities of daily living, Social psychology, Demography, Day care, Body mass index

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