Effects of Weight on Children's Educational Achievement
In this paper, we investigate the association between weight and children's educational achievement, as measured by scores on Peabody Individual Achievement Tests in math and reading, and grade attainment. Data for the study came from the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which contains a large, national sample of children between the ages of 5 and 12. We obtained estimates of the association between weight and achievement using several regression model specifications that controlled for a variety of observed characteristics of the child and his or her mother, and time-invariant characteristics of the child. Our results suggest that, in general, children who are overweight or obese have achievement test scores that are about the same as children with average weight.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the International Health Economic Association's 6th World Congress on Health Economics held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Sunday, 8 July to Wednesday, 11 July 2007. The authors thank Bo MacInnis, Tony LoSasso, Lorens Helmchen, David Merriman, Christopher Ruhm and seminar participants at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of North Carolina-Greensboro for comments on an earlier draft. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Kaestner, Robert & Grossman, Michael, 2009. "Effects of weight on children's educational achievement," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 651-661, December. citation courtesy of