Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 126–136 | Cite as

Overweight Korean Adolescents and Academic Achievement

  • Seong-Hoon ChoEmail author
  • Dayton M. Lambert
  • Hyun Jae Kim
  • Seung Gyu Kim
Original Paper


The relationship between academic achievement and being overweight among South Korean high school students was examined. Data used in the regression were from the Korean Education and Employment Panel Survey. The theoretical framework that poor school performance increases the risk of adolescents’ being overweight, which, in turn, causes poor school performance, was supported. With no other direct or indirect association between weight and achievement, an overweight high school student’s poor performance in school was assumed to be a function of the psychosocial well-being variables and self-concern about weight. A simultaneous-equation regression model that endogenized the likelihood an individual is classified as overweight (a binary variable) and the performance of that individual on the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) incorporates the unobserved psychosocial well-being correlated with both school grades and being overweight.


Academic achievement Korea Overweight adolescents 



We would like to thank David. B. Eastwood, two co-guest editors, and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seong-Hoon Cho
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dayton M. Lambert
    • 1
  • Hyun Jae Kim
    • 2
  • Seung Gyu Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Korea Energy Economics InstituteEuiwang-siKorea

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