Move More, Gain Less: Effect of a Recreational Trail System on Childhood BMI

19 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020

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Bongkyun Kim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael R. Thomsen

University of Arkansas

Rodolfo M. Nayga

University of Arkansas - Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; Norsk institutt for landbruks√łkonomisk forskning (NILF)

Di Fang

University of Arkansas

Anthony Goudie

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2020

Abstract

We investigate the effect of residential proximity to recreational trails on childhood body mass index (BMI). We find that children living within 0.5 miles of recreational trails have BMI z‐scores that are 0.0412 to 0.0507 standard deviations lower than those who do not live within 0.5 miles of trails. We also find that living nearby trails reduces the probability of becoming obese by 1.6 percentage points. The impact for BMI z‐score is larger for children qualifying for free or reduced‐price meals and for Hispanic children. These findings suggest that improving neighborhood amenities conducive to physical activity may help reduce disparities in childhood obesity.

JEL Classification: I10, R10

Suggested Citation

Kim, Bongkyun and Thomsen, Michael R. and Nayga, Rodolfo M. and Fang, Di and Goudie, Anthony, Move More, Gain Less: Effect of a Recreational Trail System on Childhood BMI (April 2020). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 270-288, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593688 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12448

Bongkyun Kim (Contact Author)

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Michael R. Thomsen

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Rodolfo M. Nayga

University of Arkansas - Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences ( email )

United States

Norsk institutt for landbruks√łkonomisk forskning (NILF)

NO-0030 Oslo
Norway

Di Fang

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Anthony Goudie

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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