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A structural model of wealth, obesity and health in the UK

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  • Mazzocchi, Mario
  • Traill, W. Bruce

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Based on a household health production framework, this paper exploits the combination of socioeconomic, health and nutrition information from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey to analyze the endogenous relationship among wealth, nutrition, weight and the final health outcomes. Results show that higher wealth determines lower weight and better health as expected, but through a better diet rather than extra exercise or lower calorie consumption.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium with number 43968.

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Keywords: Structural Equation Modelling; Body Mass Index; Diet; Blood Pressure; Income; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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