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The Primary Determinants of Your Child’s Weight

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“They just grow up so fast…” said one of the parents as we watched the graduation ceremony. People talk like this a lot, but there’s really no mystery about the size of your child, once we specify the units (such as pounds). School lunch policy drives the growth in class calorie consumption, and the growth in class calorie consumption (divided by the number of kids per class) is by far the most important determinant of child weight gain. (The other determinant is the ratio of child weight gain to total class calorie consumption.) I mean, once you spell it out like that, it’s all crystal clear why the kids are growing at the rate they are. For more clarifications like this, check out EconLog.

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“They just grow up so fast…” said one of the parents as we watched the graduation ceremony.

People talk like this a lot, but there’s really no mystery about the size of your child, once we specify the units (such as pounds). School lunch policy drives the growth in class calorie consumption, and the growth in class calorie consumption (divided by the number of kids per class) is by far the most important determinant of child weight gain. (The other determinant is the ratio of child weight gain to total class calorie consumption.)

I mean, once you spell it out like that, it’s all crystal clear why the kids are growing at the rate they are.

For more clarifications like this, check out EconLog.

Robert Murphy
Christian, Austrian economist, and libertarian theorist. Research Prof at Texas Tech and author of *Choice*. Paul Krugman's worst nightmare.

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