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Globalization and Obesity: Asian Experiences of ‘Globesity’

Sudeshna Ghosh

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper explores the ‘globesity’ hypothesis that is, it examines, the effect of globalization in its social and economic dimensions on the obesity of the nations. The study utilized a panel set of Asian countries dividing it into two groups based on the income classification. The annual time period of data series runs from 1985 to 2015. For the low and low middle income countries economic and social globalization positively affects obesity, implying the benefits of globalization leads to adverse impact on health. This is due to life style changes, availability of processed food and lack of public awareness. However, for the richer Asian nations globalization, particularly in its social dimension has negative impact on obesity. The study employs the Westerlund cointegrating techniques to investigate upon the long run causal association between obesity and globalization

Keywords: Obesity; Health; KOF index; Social globalization; Economic globalization; Asia, Granger Causality. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C1 I00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-10-10
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