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Apolloni, Andrea, Marathe, Achla and Pan, Zhengzheng (2011), "A longitudinal view of the relationship between social marginalization and obesity", Proceeding of SBP2011, Maryland University: 8.

We use 3 Waves of the Add Health data collected between 1994 and 2002 to conduct a longitudinal study of the relationship between social marginalization and the weight status of adolescents and young adults. Past studies have shown that overweight and obese children are socially marginalized. This research tests (1) if this is true when we account for the sample size of each group, (2) does this phenomenon hold over time and (3) is it obesity or social marginalization that precedes in time. Our results show that when the sample size for each group is considered, the share of friendship is conforming to the size of the group. This conformity seems to increase over time as the population becomes more obese. Finally, we find that obesity precedes social marginalization which lends credence to the notion that obesity causes social marginalization and not vice versa.

Obesity, friendship, social marginalization, causality, Add Health

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