The intergenerational transmission of BMI in China

Dolton, Peter and Xiao, Mimi (2015) The intergenerational transmission of BMI in China. Economics and Human Biology, 19. pp. 90-113. ISSN 1570-677X

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Abstract

Based on the China Health and Nutrition Survey longitudinal data from 1989 to 2009 and using BMI z-score as the measure of adiposity, we estimate the intergenerational transmission of BMI in China. The OLS estimates suggest that a one standard deviation increase in father's or mother's BMI is associated with an increase of around 20 in child's Body Mass Index (BMI) z-score. These estimates decrease to around 14 when we control for family fixed effects. We examine the heterogeneity of this BMI intergenerational transmission process across family income, parental occupation and poverty status and also find this intergenerational correlation tends to be higher among children of higher BMI levels, though this tendency becomes weaker as children approach adulthood.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Intergenerational, Adiposity, China
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63800
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