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Household Food Stamp Program Participation and Childhood Obesity


  • Robinson, Christina A.
  • Zheng, Xiaoyong


This study examines the dynamic relationship between a household’s Food Stamp Program (FSP) participation and the extent to which children in the household are overweight or obese. In contrast to previous studies employing static models, our results suggest that FSP participation significantly affects the deviation of current body mass index (BMI) from the ideal level in older male children who are currently underweight and for older female children who are already overweight. For older male children, the effect is desirable; for older females, however, our findings indicate that FSP participation has an adverse effect on their health and may contribute to being overweight or obese.

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  • Robinson, Christina A. & Zheng, Xiaoyong, 2011. "Household Food Stamp Program Participation and Childhood Obesity," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(1), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:105509

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    1. Ver Ploeg, Michele & Mancino, Lisa & Lin, Biing-Hwan & Wang, Chia-Yih, 2007. "The vanishing weight gap: Trends in obesity among adult food stamp participants (US) (1976-2002)," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 5(1), pages 20-36, March.
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    1. Burney, Shaheer, 2015. "Household Consumption Responses to SNAP Participation," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205326, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.


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