Social Correlates with Childhood Obesity

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Dr. Pamela Koch, Hope College

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Childhood obesity is a social problem of growing concern in the United States. Recent national campaigns aim to reduce the proportion of children who are obese in this country. these movements focus on the health consequences of childhood obesity, and the exercise and food consumption precursors to childhood obesity. This research project aims to expand the attention on childhood obesity to include the social dimension. Our research investigates how social factors can correlate with becoming overweight or obese in childhood. Further, our research investigates what social correlates occur after a child becomes overweight. Our research utilizes the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K) from the National Center of Education Statistics.

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