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A Short Note on Economic Development and Socioeconomic Inequality in Female Body Weight

  • Deuchert, Eva

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  • Cabus, Sofie J.
  • Tafreschi, Darjusch

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The 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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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1204.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2012:04
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