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The Effect of Piped Water at Home on Childhood Overweight Rate. Experimental Evidence from Urban Morocco

Patricia I. Ritter
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Patricia I. Ritter: University of Connecticut

No 2019-02, Working papers from University of Connecticut, Department of Economics

Abstract: Obesity is a global epidemic costing billions of dollars and millions of deaths. The most cost-effective interventions are those that target children, aiming to prevent obesity rather than to reverse it later in life. Roughly 79% of overweight children under five live in middle-income countries, where only about half of the households have access to piped water at home. This study finds evidence that access to piped water at home reduces children’s BMI and overweight rates. Back-of-envelope calculations suggest that this benefit alone does not render this type of intervention cost-effective, but adds significantly to other potential benefits.

Keywords: obesity; piped water; childhood; developing countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 H41 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2019-01, Revised 2020-09
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