Examining Structural Relationships Among Environmental, Behavioral Factors, and Childhood Obesity

Myoung Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Nancy Wong, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
The startling growth in the obesity epidemic facing American children has been a leading public health concern over the past several decades. A considerable body of research has focused on understanding various factors associated with childhood obesity. However, these relationships have often been examined individually without consideration for how these factors could jointly contribute or mitigate the effects of each other. Our research seeks to address this gap by testing a comprehensive model on factors influencing childhood obesity. We analyze data on fifth graders from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-K) conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics. Our results challenge the current intervention programs by providing empirical support of relative importance among multiple factors contributing to childhood obesity.
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Myoung Kim and Nancy Wong (2010) ,"Examining Structural Relationships Among Environmental, Behavioral Factors, and Childhood Obesity", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 37, eds. Margaret C. Campbell, Jeff Inman, and Rik Pieters, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 568-569 .