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Socioeconomic, Health and Behavioural Determinants of Obesity in Europe

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  • Nikolaou, Agelike
  • Nikolaou, Dimitrios

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In this study we investigate the impact of various socioeconomic, health and behavioural conditions on the prevalence of obesity in nine EU countries using the “European Community Household Panel†Dataset. The effect of those factors on obesity is estimated separately for males and females using a model that follows the standard normal cumulative density function (probit). Our findings indicate that low socioeconomic profile as well as bad health leads to a higher body mass, while smokers are less likely to be obese. These findings follow more or less an analogous trend for the nine European countries and hold for both sexes, appearing, though, to be more consistent for the females.

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Article provided by Review of Applied Economics in its journal Review of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
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Handle: RePEc:ags:reapec:143220

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Keywords: obesity; socioeconomic status; panel data; Consumer/Household Economics; Health Economics and Policy; Marketing; Public Economics; C23; I12; I18;

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