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A SHORT NOTE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIOECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN FEMALE BODY WEIGHT

Eva Deuchert; Sofie Cabus; Darjusch Tafreschi;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2014
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
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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free text keywords: obesity, socioeconomic inequality, economic development, Obesity, socioeconomic inequality, economic development, Health Policy, jel:I1, Economics, medicine.disease, medicine, Socioeconomic status, Body weight, Socioeconomic development, Developing country, Elite, Economic growth, Development economics
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