Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Diferencias en los índices de masa corporal en Colombia en 2005: una aplicación de los indicadores de desigualdad

Contents:

Author Info

  • Luis Fernando Gamboa

    ()

  • Nohora Forero Ramírez

    ()

Abstract

El trabajo estudia las diferencias en el Índice de Masa Corporal (IMC) por grupos etariosentre los 20 y 60 años teniendo como punto de referencia escalas normativas y relativasmediante el uso de algunos indicadores de pobreza y distribución del ingreso. Se encuentraque la proporción de la población con IMC fuera del rango establecido como normalaumenta con la edad. Cuando el análisis del IMC se hace con base en la distribución de lavariable en el grupo de edad respectivo (medida relativa), se encuentra que las diferenciasentre los grupos de edad se reducen. Aunque la desigualdad en la distribución del índice nose incrementa significativamente con la edad, los aumentos generados deben atenderse paraevitar problemas de salud pública entre la población.*********************************************************************************************************We employ the measures traditionally used to analyze poverty, for studying the differences inthe Body Mass Index (BMI) scores, according to the age and other socioeconomic variables,for people between 20 and 60. We use information from Demographic and Health Survey(DHS, 2005). We find that the participation of population with a BMI out of the normal rangeenhances with age. Nevertheless, if the measure of reference is not the normal range but arelative measure (which takes into account the distribution of the BMI in the respective groupof age), differences among groups are less. Although inequality in the distribution of BMIdoes not enhance with age, the increases produced should be attended to avoid problems ofpublic health in Colombia.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.urosario.edu.co/FASE1/economia/documentos/pdf/dt38.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO in its series DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO with number 004693.

as in new window
Length: 22
Date of creation: 30 May 2008
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:col:000092:004693

Contact details of provider:

Related research

Keywords: Bienestar; Índices antropométricos; Obesidad; Colombia.;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000092:004693. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Publicaciones Economía).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.