Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
BMI, health, United States, overweight
Over the last generation, rising Body Mass Index (BMI) among Americans has had significant health and psychological impacts. My thesis uses data from over 1 million surveys from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine the role of BMI in determining individual happiness. I specifically consider whether being surrounded by others who are overweight reduces the psychological cost of being overweight. Controlling for demographic factors, I create reference groups based on an individual’s state, sex, race and age. My thesis intends to show that individuals with a BMI higher than their reference group will be less happy.
Knox, Colin, "The Role of Relative BMI Across Racial and Ethnic Groups: Impacts on Happiness Within the United States" (2013). Honors Theses and Student Projects. 693.