A short note on economic development and socioeconomic inequality in female body weight.

Abstract:

:The origin of the obesity epidemic in developing countries is still poorly understood. It has been prominently argued that economic development provides a natural interpretation of the growth in obesity. This paper tests the main aggregated predictions of the theoretical framework to analyze obesity. Average body weight and health inequality should be associated with economic development. Both hypotheses are confirmed: we find higher average female body weight in economically more advanced countries. In relatively nondeveloped countries, obesity is a phenomenon of the socioeconomic elite. With economic development, obesity shifts toward individuals with lower socioeconomic status.

journal_name

Health Econ

journal_title

Health economics

authors

Deuchert E,Cabus S,Tafreschi D

doi

10.1002/hec.2968

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2014-07-01 00:00:00

pages

861-9

issue

7

eissn

1057-9230

issn

1099-1050

journal_volume

23

pub_type

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