Peer Effects on Weight Status, Dietary Behaviour and Physical Activity Among Adolescents in Europe: Findings from the I.Family Study

27 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2019

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Wencke Gwozdz

Copenhagen Business School; University of Hohenheim

Peng Nie

Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) - School of Economics and Finance

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stefaan De Henauw

Ghent University

Regina Felső

University of Pécs

Antje Hebestreit

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS

Isabel Iguacel

University of Zaragoza

Lauren Lissner

University of Gothenburg

Fabio Lauria

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Biophysics, Trento

Angie Page

University of Bristol

Lucia A. Reisch

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Management, Society and Communication; Zeppelin University CCMP - Center for Consumer Markets Politics

Michael Tornaritis

Research and Education Institute of Child Health (Strovolos)

Toomas Veidebaum

National Institute for Health Development (Tallinn)

Garrath Williams

Lancaster University

Ronja Foraita

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This study uses survey data from the I.Family Study to investigate the association between adolescent and peer overweight in a sample of adolescents aged 12–16 from six European countries. We find clear evidence of peer effects on body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat, which are stronger among adolescents at the upper end of overweight distribution. We also provide evidence that both consumption of less healthy foods and time spent in leisure time physical activity and audio-visual media are positively associated with similar behaviours among friends. These observations may suggest that peer effects on adolescent overweight operate by influencing friends’ behaviour patterns, especially unhealthy food consumption and physical (in)activity.

Suggested Citation

Gwozdz, Wencke and Nie, Peng and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso and De Henauw, Stefaan and Felső, Regina and Hebestreit, Antje and Iguacel, Isabel and Lissner, Lauren and Lauria, Fabio and Page, Angie and Reisch, Lucia A. and Tornaritis, Michael and Veidebaum, Toomas and Williams, Garrath and Foraita, Ronja, Peer Effects on Weight Status, Dietary Behaviour and Physical Activity Among Adolescents in Europe: Findings from the I.Family Study (May 2019). Kyklos, Vol. 72, Issue 2, pp. 270-296, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3366474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12197

Wencke Gwozdz (Contact Author)

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Peng Nie

Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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Alfonso Sousa-Poza

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Stefaan De Henauw

Ghent University ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Regina Felső

University of Pécs ( email )

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Pécs, 7622
Hungary

Antje Hebestreit

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS ( email )

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Bremen, 28359
Germany

Isabel Iguacel

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Lauren Lissner

University of Gothenburg ( email )

Gothenburg
Sweden

Fabio Lauria

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Biophysics, Trento

Via alla Cascata, 56
Trento, Trentino 38123
Italy

Angie Page

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Lucia A. Reisch

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Management, Society and Communication ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

Zeppelin University CCMP - Center for Consumer Markets Politics ( email )

Am Seemooser Horn 20
Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance 88045
Germany

Michael Tornaritis

Research and Education Institute of Child Health (Strovolos) ( email )

Strovolos
Cyprus

Toomas Veidebaum

National Institute for Health Development (Tallinn) ( email )

Hiiu 42
Tallinn, EE-11619
Estonia

Garrath Williams

Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ppr/profiles/garrath-williams

Ronja Foraita

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS ( email )

Achterstraße 30
Bremen, 28359
Germany

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