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New Evidence on Overweight Children in Urban China and the Role of Socioeconomic Factors

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  • Dong, Fengxia
  • Jensen, Helen H.

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Problems of overweight and obesity among children have increased in China and pose a problem both for individuals as well as for public social and health care systems. This study explores factors contributing to weight problems among children age 6 to 18 years old in urban China. Data come from the 2004 China Health and Nutrition Survey. Results from a binary probit model show that parents' being overweight, some patterns of TV use, and more frequent eating in fast food restaurants influence children being overweight. Among younger children, parent's dietary knowledge was a significant factor. For adolescents, TV habits and concern about being liked by friends were significant. The results suggest that targeted nutrition education, especially for parents and adolescents, and control of TV ads are policies that may have an effect on reducing children's overweight.

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  • Dong, Fengxia & Jensen, Helen H., 2008. "New Evidence on Overweight Children in Urban China and the Role of Socioeconomic Factors," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6114, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea08:6114
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    China; children's nutrition; health; nutrition; obesity; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy;

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