Intergenerational transfer of BMI and lifestyle characteristics

MRC Early Career Fellowship: The intergenerational transfer of eating habits, physical activity, behaviour and body composition, evidence from the UK

This Postdoctoral Fellowship allowed for the development of peer-reviewed papers from PhD research, in three areas: spousal correlations in BMI, labour supply and BMI, and the economic determinants of physical activity behaviour.

Further research was conducted on the intergenerational transfer of BMI and lifestyle characteristics using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the National Child Development Survey. The research looked at how to disentangle the family effects from the neighbourhood effects. The analysis controlled for time-invariant individual and family effects as well as neighbourhood characteristics.

Outcome and Translation

This project improved our understanding of the determinants of the obesity epidemic and potential policy interventions.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Heather Brown

Publications

Brown, H., Hole, A.R. and Roberts, J. (2010) 'Going the same 'weigh': spousal correlations in obesity in the UK', Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series (SERP 2010012).

Brown, H. and Roberts, J. (2011) 'Exercising choice: the economic determinants of physical activity behaviour of an employed population', Social Science & Medicine, 73(3), 383-390.

Brown, H. (2011) 'Marriage, BMI, and wages: a double selection approach', Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 58(3), 347-377.

Brown, H. and Roberts, J. (2012) 'Exploring the factors contributing to sibling correlations in BMI: study using the panel study of income dynamics', Obesity, 20(5), 978-984.

Brown, H. and Pol, M. van der. (2014) 'The role of time preferences in the intergenerational transfer of smoking', Health Economics, 23(12), 1493-1501.

Presentations

Brown, H. (2010) ‘Marriage, BMI, and wages: a double selection approach’, Scottish Economic Society Conference, Perth, April 2010.

Brown H. and Roberts J. (2010) ‘Born to be wide: examining maternal and adolescent correlations in BMI’, European Conference on Health Economics, Helsinki, July 2010.

Brown H. and Roberts J. (2010) ‘Going the same way? Spousal correlation in obesity’, European Conference on Health Economics, Helsinki, July 2010.

Brown, H. (2010) ‘He ain't heavy he's my brother: examining sibling correlations in BMI’, Michigan University, September 2010.

Brown, H. (2010) ‘The role of lifestyle characteristics in influencing correlations in BMI for two cohorts of siblings’, PSID Conference on Health and SES, USA, September 2010.

Brown, H. (2010) ‘He ain't heavy he's my brother: examining sibling correlations in BMI’, University of Leeds, November 2010.

Brown, H. and Pol, M. van der. (2011) ‘Intergenerational transfer of health: the role of time and risk preferences’, Health Economists’ Study Group (HESG), York, January 2011.

Brown, H. (2011) ‘Born to be wide: examining maternal and adolescent correlations in BMI’, HERU Workshop on Obesity, Aberdeen, May 2011.

Brown, H. (2011) ‘Examining the pathways contributing to the intergenerational transmission of smoking’, Understanding Society/BHPS Conference, Essex, June 2011.

Brown, H. and Pol, M. van der. (2011) ‘Intergenerational transfer of health: the role of time and risk preferences’, iHEA, Toronto, July 2011.