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dc.contributor.authorCawley, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorSpieß, Christa Katharinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-09en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-06T13:19:58Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-06T13:19:58Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/27310-
dc.description.abstractIn developed countries, obesity tends to be associated with worse labor market outcomes. One possible reason is that obesity leads to less human capital formation early in life. This paper investigates the association between obesity and the developmental functioning of children at younger ages (2-4 years) than ever previously examined. 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 BMI and obesity status) controlling for various child and family characteristics. The findings indicate that, among boys, obesity is a significant risk factor for lagged development in verbal skills, social skills, and activities of daily living. Among girls, weight generally does not have a statistically significant association with these developmental outcomes. Further investigations show that the correlations exist even for those preschool children who spend no time in day care, which implies that the correlation between obesity and developmental functioning cannot be due to discrimination by teachers, classmates, or even day care providers.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aDeutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) |cBerlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aDIW Discussion Papers |x786en_US
dc.subject.jelI12en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordObesityen_US
dc.subject.keywordhuman capitalen_US
dc.subject.keywordchildrenen_US
dc.subject.keywordchild developmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordGermanyen_US
dc.subject.keywordgenderen_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheitsrisikoen_US
dc.subject.stwKinderen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwGeschlechten_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleObesity and developmental functioning among children aged 2-4 yearsen_US
dc.type|aWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn571528201en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp786en_US

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