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In this study we investigate the impact of various socioeconomic, health and behavioural conditions on the prevalence of obesity in nine EU countries using the “European Community Household Panel” Dataset. The effect of those factors on obesity is estimated separately for males and females using a model that follows the standard normal cumulative density function (probit). Our findings indicate that low socioeconomic profile as well as bad health leads to a higher body mass, while smokers are less likely to be obese. These findings follow more or less an analogous trend for the nine European countries and hold for both sexes, appearing, though, to be more consistent for the females.

Keywords: obesity ; socioeconomic status ; panel data

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Health Economics and Policy


Public Economics

Issue Date: 2009-03

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Review of Applied Economics, Volume 05, Number 1-2 Page range: 83-97

Total Pages: 15

JEL Codes: C23; I12; I18

Series Statement: Vol.5


Record appears in: Lincoln University > Review of Applied Economics

Autor: Nikolaou, Agelike ; Nikolaou, Dimitrios


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