Peer Effects on Obesity in a Sample of European Children

Wencke Gwozdz, Alfonso Sousa-Poza, Lucia A. Reisch, Karin Bammann, Gabriele Eiben, Yiannis Kourides, Eva Kovács, Fabio Lauria, Kenn Konstabel, Alba María Santaliestra-Pasías, Krishna Vyncke, Iris Pigeot

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    This study analyses peer effects on childhood obesity using rich objective data from the first two waves of the IDEFICS study, which applies several anthropometric and other measures of fatness to approximately 14,000 children aged 2–9 participating in both waves in 16 regions of 8 European countries. The results clearly show that peer effects do exist in this European sample but that they differ among both regions and different fatness measures. For example, peer effects are larger in Spain, Italy, and Cyprus – the more collectivist regions in our sample – while waist circumference generally gives rise to larger peer effects than BMI. We also provide evidence that
    parental misperceptions of their own children’s weight goes hand in hand with fatter peer groups, supporting the notion that in making such assessments, parents compare their children’s weight with that of friends and schoolmates. Note: This study was conducted as part of the IDEFICS study (; we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the European Community within the Sixth RTD Framework Programme under Contract No. 016181 (FOOD).
    TitelMarketing as Provisioning Technology : Integrating Perspectives on Solutions for Sustainability, Prosperity, and Social Justice. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Macromarketing Conference
    RedaktørerClifford Shultz II, Raymond Benton, Olga Kravets
    ForlagThe Macromarketing Society
    StatusUdgivet - 2015
    BegivenhedThe 40th Annual Macromarketing Conference. 2015 - Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, USA
    Varighed: 25 jun. 201528 jun. 2015
    Konferencens nummer: 40


    KonferenceThe 40th Annual Macromarketing Conference. 2015
    LokationQuinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago
    NavnProceedings of the Annual Macromarketing Conference