School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity

54 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2007 Last revised: 1 May 2008

Daniel L. Millimet

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rusty Tchernis

Georgia State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Muna Hussain

Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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Date Written: January 23, 2008

Abstract

In light of the recent rise in childhood obesity, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have received renewed attention, despite the fact that they have existed for decades. The SBP, in particular, is viewed as a potentially important component of any policy reform designed to combat the increased prevalence of overweight children given the importance attributed to a nutritious breakfast. Using panel data on over 13,500 students from kindergarten through third grade, we assess the relationship between SBP and NSLP participation on (relatively) long-run measures of child weight. While we find more mixed evidence on the association between NSLP participation and child weight, we obtain a relatively robust positive association between SBP participation and child weight, particularly for white children, entering kindergarten in the 'normal' weight range, with mothers of moderate education.

Keywords: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program

JEL Classification: C31, H51, I18, I28

Suggested Citation

Millimet, Daniel L. and Tchernis, Rusty and Hussain, Muna, School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity (January 23, 2008). CAEPR Working Paper No. 2007-014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1005361 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1005361

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