IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/mhe/cherps/2007-20.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Does exercise reduce obesity? Evidence from Australia

Author

Listed:
  • Pushkar Maitra

    () (Department of Economics, Monash University)

  • Anurag Sharma

    () (Centre for Health Economics, Monash University)

Abstract

The International Obesity Taskforce calls obesity one of the most important medical and public health problems of our time. An estimated 1 billion people around the world are over weight, of whom around 300 million are clinically obese. Estimates suggest that obesity levels will continue to rise in the early 21st century - with severe health consequences in the absence of quick and directed intervention. Leaving genetics aside, obesity is essentially due to an imbalance between caloric intake and expenditures i.e, too high caloric intake and too low caloric expenditure. A large part of the economic research on obesity has focused on factors that lead to this imbalance. In this paper we examine the relationship between obesity (as measured by BMI) and the duration of exercise. Single equation estimates show that exercise duration has a negative and statistically significant effect on the probability of being overweight or obese. However when we take into account the potential endogeneity of exercise duration in the BMI regressions (arising from a standard problem of reverse causation), we no longer nd a negative relationship between exercise duration and BMI. There is either no e ect or the e ect is actually positive indicating that the results are essentially driven by individuals who are and who perceive themselves to be overweight and obese conducting more exercise.

Suggested Citation

  • Pushkar Maitra & Anurag Sharma, 2007. "Does exercise reduce obesity? Evidence from Australia," Centre for Health Economics Research Papers 20/07, Monash University, Centre for Health Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhe:cherps:2007-20
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/centres/che/pubs/rp20.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Obesity; exercise; Australia;

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mhe:cherps:2007-20. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Teresa Cheong). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/chmonau.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.