Television Viewing, Fast-Food Consumption, and Children's Obesity
Department of Agricultural Economics
Rodolfo M. Nayga
University of Arkansas - Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; Norsk institutt for landbruksøkonomisk forskning (NILF)
Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 293-307, July 2009
Childhood obesity is rising in Taiwan and is becoming a major public health issue. This article examines the effect of children’s TV viewing and fast-food consumption on childhood obesity. Using a nationwide survey data in Taiwan and a two-step estimation procedure, our results show that TV viewing hours and fast-food consumption are correlated. After controlling for the endogeneity, we find these two activities positively contribute to children’s body weight and the increased risk of being overweight. Results suggest that public health/childhood obesity programs should educate parents of the critical influence of TV viewing and fast-food consumption on childhood obesity. The government can also encourage the fast-food industry to develop and sell healthier foods for children and provide point of sale nutritional information of these products.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
JEL Classification: I12, I18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 8, 2009
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