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Childhood obesity and human capital accumulation

October 5, 2012 | Research Brief

Dr. Jennifer Dowd publishes in Social Science & Medicine: Childhood obesity and human capital accumulation. The prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled over the last 25 years, and in addition to increased risks of many chronic diseases, obesity may also be linked to lower skill attainment, poor social competency, and poorer labor outcomes. This study tested whether obesity was related to cognitive and behavioral outcomes among US children finding small effects on behavioral but not cognitive outcomes. Lower earnings in adulthood due to obesity may be socially rather than ability driven. Dr. Dowd is Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.

Link to News Article or Research Study (abstract or article): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22925429