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    ADOLESCENT OBESITY: CONSEQUENCES ON ADULT WAGES by Williams, Sarah

    Obesity is the second largest preventable disease in the US, and accounts for over 400,000 deaths each year. Much of the current literature focuses on environmental and genetic factors that cause the disease, as well as consequences for being obese. One of these consequences is a wage penalty. This paper explores the connection between being classified as obese in one’s adolescence, and the possibility of a wage penalty when this adolescent becomes an adult. This paper focuses on the NLSY 1997 survey, exploring the relationship between the BMI of participants in the first round of the survey in 1997 and their wages in the most recent published round in 2014. This study concludes that adolescent obesity is not significantly correlated with a wage penalty as an adult, and therefore as detrimental as the disease may be, this study shows that there is a possibility for the disease to not affect you throughout the entirety of your life.