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The Obesity Epidemic in Europe

Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

No 1814, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper uses longitudinal micro-evidence from the European Community Household Panel to investigate the obesity phenomenon in nine EU countries from 1998 to 2001. The author documents cross-country prevalence, trends and cohort-age profiles of obesity among adults and analyses the socioeconomic factors contributing to the problem. The associated costs of obesity are also investigated, both in terms of health status, health care spending and absenteeism.

Keywords: demand for health care; body mass index; obesity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec and nep-hea
Date: 2005-10
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