Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 1307–1340 | Cite as

The effects of food stamp receipt on weight gained by expectant mothers

  • Charles L. BaumEmail author
Original Paper


With over 66% of Americans overweight, expectant mothers are unusual because they are encouraged to gain weight while pregnant. Food stamp receipt (FSR) may facilitate recommended weight gain by providing resources for food and nutrition. I examine the effects of FSR on the amount of weight gained by low-income expectant mothers using NLSY79 data. Results indicate FSR decreases the probability gaining insufficient weight but does not exacerbate the probability of gaining too much weight. Examining the effects of FSR on pregnancy weight gain is important because low birth weight is more likely when expectant mothers gain insufficient weight.


Weight gain Obesity Mothers 

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  1. 1.Economics and Finance DepartmentMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA

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