Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/39031
Authors: 
Carson, Scott Alan
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper Labour Markets 3016
Abstract: 
Little research has been done on the body mass index values of 19th century US African-Americans and whites. This paper uses 19th century US prison records to demonstrate that although modern BMIs have increased in the 20th century, 19th century black and white BMIs were distributed symmetrically; neither underweight nor obese individuals were common. Throughout the 19th century, black and white BMI values declined. Farmers were consistently heavier than non-farmers, and blacks in Upper South had lower BMI values than their counterparts in other US regions.
Subjects: 
body mass index
19th century American health
racial disparity
JEL: 
I10
I12
I30
J10
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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