Obesity among young adults is a major public health problem in the United States. This paper investigates the extent to which the racial composition of schools influences the weight of children by race and gender. The researchers used data from the Survey of Adults and Youth, which was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Urban Health Initiative. In all, data for 1,579 youths living in 1,263 households were included in the analyses.
This study leads one to believe that peer group is key in influencing adolescents and that school environment does make a difference in children’s’ propensity to obesity.