Schooling and Human Capital

Khoa Truong and Roland Sturm

in The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736362
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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Schooling and Human Capital

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This chapter provides evidence that obese children score significantly lower on academic tests than healthy-weight children, and concentrates on research which has by and large been interpreted as an effect of obesity on schooling experiences and academic performance. It also offers empirical data about the magnitudes of education and obesity. The association between obesity and school outcomes is quite strong and robust. As children spend a significant amount of time in school, obesity could interfere with various aspects of school life, including academic achievement and socialization. The pathway through which obesity could affect schooling and the one that has received the most attention in the literature is stigma and social pressure, leading to lower self-esteem and resulting psychosocial outcomes.

Keywords: obese children; obesity; schooling; education; academic performance; socialization

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Subjects: Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare

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