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Is Obesity Contagious? A Case Study of International Graduate Students

Katare, Bhagyashree;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
Abstract
International students offer an unique opportunity to study the extent to which environment causes obesity. Because international students have an imperfect ability to choose their destination and are less aware of the social and cultural conditions in and around the university campus we argue that the prevalence of obesity in the surrounding area is plausibly exogenous to international students’ choice of university. In this study, we survey international students studying at 43 public universities across the United States. We use this data to study the effect of prevalence of obesity in a particular region on the BMI levels of the international students. We fi...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Obesity, immigration, environmental effects, international students, Consumer/Household Economics, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Health Economics and Policy, Labor and Human Capital, I12, J15,
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