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The Obesity Epidemic in Europe

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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 Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 143.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:143

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Keywords: Obesity; Body mass index; Demand for health care;

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