Childhood Obesity

Obesity among children is one of the most pressing public health problems in the United States, and rates of childhood obesity differ dramatically by social class and ethnicity. We link FITNESSGRAM data collected in NYC to individual student and school characteristics to better understand the influence of various school and environmental characteristics on student health and wellbeing. Specifically, we estimate the impact of school food policies on student BMI, obesity and academic outcomes. We also examine the relationship between the food environment and child BMI by examining the availability of healthy and unhealthy food in children’s geographic communities.

2016

  • Impacts of Classifying New York City Students as Overweight
  • Effect of School-Based Water Intervention on Child Body Mass Index and Obesity
  • The Effect of Breakfast in the Classroom on Obesity and Academic Performance: Evidence from New York City
  • Neighborhoods, Schools, and Obesity: The Potential for Place-Based Approaches to Reduce Childhood Obesity

2015

  • The Effect of Breakfast in the Classroom on Obesity and Academic Performance: Evidence from New York City

2013

  • Not Just for Poor Kids: The Impact of Universal Free School Breakfast on Meal Participation and Student Outcomes