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Obesity and the Incidence of Chronic Diseases: a Seemingly Unrelated Probit Approach

  • Joan Costa Font
  • Joan Gil Trasfi

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

Western societies can reduce avoidable mortality and morbidity by better understanding the relationship between obesity and chronic disease. This paper examines the joint determinants of obesity and of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol. It analyzes a broadly representative Spanish dataset, the 1999 Survey on Disabilities, Impairments and Health Status, using a health production theoretical framework together with a seemingly unrelated probit model approach that controls for unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity. Its findings provide suggestive evidence of a positive and significant, although specification-dependent, association between obesity and the prevalence of chronic illness.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 137.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2005137
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