A Short Note on Economic Development and Socioeconomic Inequality in Female Body Weight
AbstractThe origin of the obesity epidemic in developing countries is still poorly understood. It has been prominently argued that economic development provides a natural interpretation of the growth in obesity. This paper tests the main aggregated predictions of the theoretical framework to analyze obesity: Average female body weight is associated with economic development. In relatively poor countries, obesity is a phenomenon of the socioeconomic elite. With economic development, obesity shifts towards individuals with lower socioeconomic status.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1204.
Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Obesity; socioeconomic inequality; economic development;
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