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The Obesity Epidemic in Europe

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  • Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna

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    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

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This paper uses longitudinal micro-evidence from the European Community Household Panel to investigate the obesity phenomenon in nine EU countries from 1998 to 2001. The author documents cross-country prevalence, trends and cohort-age profiles of obesity among adults and analyses the socioeconomic factors contributing to the problem. The associated costs of obesity are also investigated, both in terms of health status, health care spending and absenteeism.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1814.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1814

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Keywords: demand for health care; body mass index; obesity;

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