Document Type

Honors Project


A very special thanks to my advisor Erik Larson because without his help and guidance this project never would have been completed. Also, thank you very much to the many other people who helped and supported me during my work on this project.


While many studies have sought to isolate some of the causes and possible solutions to the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States, researchers have given scant attention to the influence of social factors on obesity. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, this study examines if social factors can explain adolescent obesity. Models predicting obesity as measured by body-mass-index found that different factors were associated with obesity for males and females, but had poor overall predictive power. Separate analysis of parents’ subjective assessment of adolescent obesity found different influences and no association with objective measures of obesity.

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Sociology Commons



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