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National day holiday and Weight Gain in China: evidence from the CHNS surveys


  • Hengrong Luo
  • Xiaohua Yu


We use the regression discontinuity model and CHNS (China Health and Nutrition Survey) data, to study the body weight-gain effect of the week-long National Day holiday in China. We find that Chinese adults tend to significantly gain 1.56 kg of body weight during the National Day holiday, and males have a larger effect. However, the effect will be smaller and insignificant in 2 weeks. It verifies the Chinese saying: People gain 1.5 kg body weight for a good holiday (mei feng jia jie pang san jin), only in the short-run.

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  • Hengrong Luo & Xiaohua Yu, 2022. "National day holiday and Weight Gain in China: evidence from the CHNS surveys," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(2), pages 145-149, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:29:y:2022:i:2:p:145-149
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2020.1861184

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