Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34802
Authors: 
Goode, Alison
Mavromaras, Kostas
Smith, Murray
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3535
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the possibility of intergenerational transmission of unhealthy eating habits from parents to adult children. It uses the 2003 Scottish Health Survey and estimates the association between the present healthy eating behaviour of adult children and the past parental death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). It uses parental CVD death as an adverse health signal which may cause a healthy eating compensatory response in adult children. This response is due to increased chances and perception of genetic predisposition of adult children as well as an indicator for parental past unhealthy eating habits which may have been passed onto the adult children. Regression analysis suggests that paternal history has no impact on either sons or daughters, and maternal history influences negatively the eating behaviour of daughters only. Unhealthy eating intergenerational transmission appears to be more intense amongst lower household income individuals.
Subjects: 
Intergenerational transmission
healthy eating
household income
cardiovascular disease
public health
gender
JEL: 
D1
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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