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Income and body mass index in Europe

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  • García Villar, Jaume
  • Quintana-Domeque, Climent

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The problem of obesity is alarming public health authorities around the world. Therefore, it is important to study its determinants. In this paper, we explore the empirical relationship between household income and body mass index (BMI) in nine European Union countries. Our findings suggest that, in general, the association is negative for women and nonexistent for men. Moreover, once we decompose household income into "own labor earnings" and "other household income", we find that the different relationship for men and women appears to be driven by the negative relationship between BMI and "own labor earnings" for women.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

Volume (Year): 7 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 73-83

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:7:y:2009:i:1:p:73-83

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Keywords: Europe BMI Obesity Overweight Household income Labor earnings;

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