Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Is the intergenerational transmission of overweight 'gender assortative'?

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Jofre-Bonet, Mireia (2020) Is the intergenerational transmission of overweight 'gender assortative'? Economics and Human Biology, 39. ISSN 1570-677X

[img] Text (Is the intergenerational transmission of overweight ‘gender assortative’?) - Accepted Version
Download (703kB)

Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ehb.2020.100907


Using almost two decades worth of data from the Health Survey for England, that contain representative records of clinically measured weight and height, this paper studies whether parents and children's overweight (including obesity) is ‘gender assortative’. Our findings suggest that the intergenerational transmission of parent's overweight differs by children's sex and is statistically different for fathers and mothers. Gender assortative overweight is stronger among pre-school age and school-aged children. The parent-child associations are large and precisely estimated, heterogeneous by children's age and sex and stronger among white children and children of older parents. These results suggest there is a gender assortative intergenerational association of overweight.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2020 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:44

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics