Height, weight and well-being for rural, urban and migrant workers in China

Lee, Wang-Sheng and Zhao, Zhong 2017, Height, weight and well-being for rural, urban and migrant workers in China, Social indicators research, vol. 132, no. 1, pp. 117-136, doi: 10.1007/s11205-015-1143-y.

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Title Height, weight and well-being for rural, urban and migrant workers in China
Author(s) Lee, Wang-ShengORCID iD for Lee, Wang-Sheng orcid.org/0000-0001-5614-0465
Zhao, Zhong
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 132
Issue number 1
Start page 117
End page 136
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2017-05
ISSN 0303-8300
Keyword(s) China
subjective well-being
Summary In general, the happiness literature has paid little attention to the relationship between physical appearance and well-being. In this paper, we examine the link between weight, height and well-being for three distinct samples in China given that attractiveness effects likely vary greatly across sociocultural contexts. As China has recently undergone rapid economic transformation in the urban areas, this empirical exercise is particularly interesting because it can highlight how changing social norms have affected the relationship between physical appearance and subjective well-being. For the rural and migrant samples, we find that for both men and women, big and tall individuals have higher levels of well-being. This is consistent with the notion that the strong are better off when more labor intensive work is the norm. For the urban sample and for urban males in particular, no well-being penalty is found for being obese, unlike previous results based on Western samples. It is very likely that the unique Chinese cultural practice of network building banquets and feasting is behind this finding.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-1143-y
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2016
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