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BMI changes in Russian adults: The role of health related behaviors and spousal relationships

Sonya Huffman ()

Staff General Research Papers Archive from Iowa State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: The paper investigates the effects of changes in marital status and health related behaviors (smoking and drinking) on the body mass index (BMI) in Russian adults over a ten-year period. Smoking and drinking behavior changes have played an important part in health status changes over 1994 to 2004. The results indicate that the individual weight/BMI changes asymmetrically in health determinants; the sign and the magnitude of the response are different depending on the starting point and whether there is an increase or a decrease in the explanatory variable. Males' BMI decreases with smoking and increases with quitting smoking, but females' BMI increases with drinking alcohol and decreases with stopping drinking. Losing a partner decreases only the females' BMI, but gaining a spouse/partner is associated with increases in BMI for both genders. For married females and males, the change in spousal BMI is significantly positively related. Understanding interactions between individual health-related behaviors and the set of determinants that contribute to such behaviors is a fundamental step in the design of effective interventions.

Keywords: health related behaviors; BMI; asymmetric response; Russia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-08-13
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Published in Research in Applied Economics, September 2014, vol. 6 no. 3, pp. 129-142

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