ERIC Number: ED501984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Obesity and Skill Attainment in Early Childhood. NBER Working Paper No. 13997
Cawley, John; Spiess, C. Katharina
National Bureau of Economic Research
This paper investigates the association between obesity and skill attainment in early childhood (aged 2-4 years). 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 body mass index and obesity) controlling for a rich set of child, parent, and family characteristics. The findings indicate that, among boys, obesity is associated with reduced verbal skills, social skills, motor skills, and activities of daily living. Among girls, obesity is associated with reduced verbal skills. Further investigations show that the correlations exist even for those preschool children who spend no time in day care, which implies that it cannot be due solely to discrimination by teachers, classmates, or day care providers.
Descriptors: Obesity, Skill Development, Preschool Children, Body Composition, Gender Differences, Daily Living Skills, Verbal Ability, Psychomotor Skills, Interpersonal Competence, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Germany