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The Rise of Obesity in Transition: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Russia


Sonya Kostova Huffman


Iowa State University - Department of Economics

Marian Rizov


Middlesex University Business School

September 1, 2009


Abstract:     
This paper integrates theoretical and empirical models to study the rise of human obesity in Russia during the transition from a planned to a market economy. To test our hypotheses we use recent individual-level data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for 1995 and 2004 capturing representative periods of early and late transition. Estimation results strongly support our model of production and supply of BMI (body-mass index) and weight. The analysis indicates strong links between dietary patterns, individual characteristics, environmental factors and obesity in Russia. Understanding these relationships is important for designing effective public policies aiming to improve overall nutritional well-being and reduce obesity and mortality of the Russian population. Interventions, which enhance education and awareness of healthy lifestyles and healthy diet, could play a vital role in preventing obesity in Russia.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: obesity, food demand, economic transition, Russia

JEL Classification: D10, I12, J01

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Date posted: May 10, 2011  

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Huffman, Sonya Kostova and Rizov, Marian, The Rise of Obesity in Transition: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Russia (September 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1835082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1835082

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Sonya Kostova Huffman
Iowa State University - Department of Economics ( email )
260 Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States
Marian Rizov (Contact Author)
Middlesex University Business School ( email )
The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom
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