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The effects of old and new media on children's weight

Suziedelyte, A. (2015). The effects of old and new media on children's weight. Applied Economics, 47(10), pp. 1008-1018. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2014.987916


Childhood obesity rates have recently been rising in many countries. It has been suggested in the literature that changes in children’s media exposure may contribute to explaining this trend. I investigate whether or not this hypothesis is supported by data. I contribute to the literature by focusing not only on television but also on new media – computers and video games. The Child Development Supplement to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics is used for the analysis. To address the endogeneity of children’s media exposure, I use dynamic and panel data models. This is another improvement upon the existing literature. Additionally, an extensive list of control variables is included in the regressions. I find that video game playing or computer use has no effect on children’s body weight. On the other hand, television viewing may increase children’s body weight slightly.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Applied Economics on 6 Dec 2014, available online:
Publisher Keywords: obesity, body weight, media, children
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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