Obesity, Affluence and Urbanisation in India

25 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2011

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Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics; Australian National University (ANU)

Raghbendra Jha

Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC); Crawford School of Public Policy

Vani S. Kulkarni

Yale University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 5, 2011

Abstract

Based on data collected from a representative national sample, India Human Development Survey 2005, this paper investigates the links between obesity among children and among adults with a number of socio-economic characteristics as well as household and location specific variables. Both child and adult obesity are far from negligible, which is a matter of concern, given the links between obesity and some diseases. There are strong links between socio-economic indicators and risk of obesity. In particular, affluence has a robust link to obesity. Among children, taller children in more affluent households are more prone to obesity. Some demographic characteristics matter too, for example, both child and adult obesity rise with age but at a diminishing rate. Location also influences chances of obesity. Relative food price effects matter too through calorie, protein, fat and other nutrient intakes. A number of policy conclusions are also advanced.

Keywords: Obesity, Affluence, Socio-Economic Characteristics, Gender, India

JEL Classification: C25, D12, D31, E10

Suggested Citation

Gaiha, Raghav and Jha, Raghbendra and Kulkarni, Vani S., Obesity, Affluence and Urbanisation in India (January 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1735685

Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics ( email )

Delhi-110007
India

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Raghbendra Jha (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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Vani S. Kulkarni

Yale University - Department of Sociology ( email )

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New Haven, CT 06520
United States

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