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Obesity and health in Europeans age 50 and above

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  • Andreyeva, T.
  • Michaud, P.C.

    (Tilburg University)

  • Soest, A.H.O. van

    (Tilburg University)

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The authors use a unique cross-country data set covering nearly 22,000 elderly individuals (age 50+) from 10 European Countries. Cross-country differences in the prevalence of obesity in older Europeans are substantial and exceed sociodemographic differentials in obesity. Obesity is strongly associated with major health risk factors, yet cross-country differences exist in how obesity is related to depression, heart disease and high cholesterol levels. Large heterogeneity in obesity across European countries should be investigated further to identify areas for effective public policy.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University in its series Open Access publications from Tilburg University with number urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-355918.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published in Public Health (2007) v.121, p.497-509
Handle: RePEc:ner:tilbur:urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-355918

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  1. Agar Brugiavini & Tullio Jappelli & Guglielmo Weber, 2002. "The Survey on Health, Aging and Wealth," CSEF Working Papers, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy 86, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  2. Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna, 2005. "The Obesity Epidemic in Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 1814, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Brunello, Giorgio & Michaud, Pierre-Carl & Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna, 2008. "The Rise in Obesity across the Atlantic: An Economic Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 3529, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Anna Sanz de Galdeano, 2007. "An Economic Analysis of Obesity in Europe: Health, Medical Care and Absenteeism Costs," Working Papers 2007-38, FEDEA.
  3. Lechner, Michael, 2008. "Long-run Labour Market Effects of Individual Sports Activities," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 6886, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Vincenzo Atella & Noemi Pace & Daniela Vuri, 2008. "Are employers discriminating with respect to weight? European Evidence using Quantile Regression," CEIS Research Paper, Tor Vergata University, CEIS 123, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 14 Jul 2008.
  5. Datta Gupta, Nabanita & Kleinjans, Kristin J. & Larsen, Mona, 2011. "The Effect of an Acute Health Shock on Work Behavior: Evidence from Different Health Care Regimes," IZA Discussion Papers 5843, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Pierre-Carl Michaud & Arthur van Soest & Tatiana Andreyeva, 2007. "Cross-Country Variation in Obesity Patterns among Older Americans and Europeans," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers, McMaster University 185, McMaster University.

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