Child care subsidies make you fat

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research on child care subsidies and childhood obesity  found an association between receiving a subsidy and a greater likelihood of being overweight and obese.

Just wondering:

Did the study look at what the children ate when they were away from child care centres?

Did the study look at children in the same centres who didn’t receive subsidies?

Did the study look at children in centres where none received subsidies?

Hat Tip: Anti-Dismal

3 Responses to Child care subsidies make you fat

  1. Lindsay says:

    NZ data shows that in the most deprived decile (where childcare subsidies would be most prevalent one assumes) 13.9 percent of boys and 16.4 percent of girls are obese.

    In the least deprived deciles the figures are respectively 5.2 and 5.7

    Without knowing much about the study I would say it is further evidence that (generalising) poor lifestyle = poor diet.

    But I can imagine the anti-welfare reform brigade picking this up as a reason why children should be in the full-time care of their mothers courtesy of the state.

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  2. Lindsay says:

    ‘Decile’ should have been ‘quintile’.

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  3. Paul Walker says:

    More information is now available here.

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