The Obesity Epidemic in Europe

Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

October 2005

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1814

This paper uses longitudinal micro-evidence from the European Community Household Panel to investigate the obesity phenomenon in nine EU countries from 1998 to 2001. The author documents cross-country prevalence, trends and cohort-age profiles of obesity among adults and analyses the socioeconomic factors contributing to the problem. The associated costs of obesity are also investigated, both in terms of health status, health care spending and absenteeism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: obesity, body mass index, demand for health care

JEL Classification: I12, I18

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Date posted: November 7, 2005  

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Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna, The Obesity Epidemic in Europe (October 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1814. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=840745

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Anna Sanz De Galdeano (Contact Author)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )
Edifici B - Campus Bellaterra
Barcelona, 08193
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
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