Like Mother, Like Father? Gender Assortative Transmission of Child Overweight

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Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Mireia Jofre-Bonet

City University London - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We study the intergenerational transmission of overweight, that is the association between parental overweight and that of their offspring and examine whether it is gender-assortative or whether the maternal or paternal overweight is related differently to daughters than to sons. We draw from 15 years of data from the Health Survey for England, which contains records of clinically measured weight and height of a representative sample of English children. Our findings are consistent with the existence of a strong intergenerational transmission of overweight from parents to their offspring. These effects are stronger among white children and older parents. We also find support for the existence of an unanticipated gender-assortative transmission of obesity and overweight, namely, a stronger association of father’s overweight and that of his daughters that is statistically significantly different than that of the mother (with her daughters). evidence suggests a higher likelihood of being overweight among girls when their mother is obese.

Keywords: gender assortative parental transmission, child obesity, child overweight, role models, inter-generational transmission

JEL Classification: I120

Suggested Citation

Costa-Font, Joan and Jofre-Bonet, Mireia, Like Mother, Like Father? Gender Assortative Transmission of Child Overweight (September 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818297

Joan Costa-Font (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://https://joancostaifont.org/

Mireia Jofre-Bonet

City University London - Department of Economics ( email )

Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

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