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Obesity, Self-Eesteem, and Wages

Edited by Naci Mocan and Erdal Tekin

in Economic Aspects of Obesity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226310091
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226310107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226310107.003.0013
Obesity, Self-Eesteem, and Wages

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This chapter investigates whether obesity/overweight is associated with self-esteem in young American adults as well as the extent to which self-esteem and obesity influence wages. The results indicate that body weight has an independent impact on self-esteem controlling for a host of personal attributes, including education, health status, and family background characteristics. Specifically, being overweight or obese has a negative influence on self-esteem for females and black males. There is no strong evidence of an association of body weight with self-esteem in the case of white males. Wages of women are influenced by their body weight. There is a wage penalty for being obese in the case of both white and black females. Men's wages are not impacted by their body weight, except for underweight black men. The results also indicate that self-esteem is associated with wages in the case of whites (both men and women).

Keywords: obesity; self-esteem; wages; body weight; young adults; American adult

Chapter.  13200 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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