Essays on the Economic Causes of Obesity

Essays on the Economic Causes of Obesity

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Chapter 2: qWorking Yourself to Death? The Relationship Between Work Hours and Obesityq. Work hours may affect obesity if reduced leisure time decreases exercise and causes substitution from meals prepared at home to fast food and pre-prepared processed food. Additional work by adults may also impact child weight by reducing parental supervision. I find that a rise in work hours increases one's weight and, to a lesser extent, the weight of one's spouse. Mothers', but not fathers', work hours affect child weight. My estimates imply that increases in labor force participation account for 6% and 10% of the growth in adult and childhood obesity in recent decades.Other variables used in regressions of childrena#39;s weight are information about the childa#39;s mother matched from the NLSY.27 After eliminating observations with missing data, my sample size for childrena#39;s regressions is 33, 652 observationsanbsp;...

Title:Essays on the Economic Causes of Obesity
Author:Charles Joseph Courtemanche
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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