Courtemanche, Charles (2008): Working Yourself to Death? The Relationship Between Work Hours and Obesity.
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Work hours may affect obesity if reduced leisure time decreases exercise and causes substitution from meals prepared at home to fast food and pre-prepared processed food. Additional work by adults may also impact child weight by reducing parental supervision. I find that a rise in work hours increases one's weight and, to a lesser extent, the weight of one's spouse. Mothers', but not fathers', work hours affect child weight. I also find that a rise in work hours is associated with a decrease in exercise and an increase in purchasing food prepared away from home. My estimates imply that changes in labor force participation account for 6% and 10% of the growth in adult and childhood obesity in recent decades.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Working Yourself to Death? The Relationship Between Work Hours and Obesity|
|Keywords:||Work hours; obesity; body weight; employment; labor force|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General|
|Depositing User:||Charles Courtemanche|
|Date Deposited:||23. Sep 2010 15:25|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 08:00|
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