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The effects of relative body weight on socioemotional and schooling outcomes among female adolescents in the United States

Jinho Kim and Jason Fletcher ()

Social Science & Medicine, 2021, vol. 289, issue C

Abstract: An extensive literature has shown that individuals, especially women, with higher body mass index (BMI) face a range of negative life outcomes. Most previous studies rely on absolute measures of body weight, such as BMI and obesity status, to estimate the social impact of body weight. Using absolute measures of body weight, however, is inconsistent with social-psychological theories that explain the effects of body weight because they conflate the social effects of body weight with biological processes of body weight.

Keywords: BMI; Ordinal rank; Self-esteem; Depressive symptoms; Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114418

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