How Obesity Can Affect Productivity? The Case of Malaysia

10 Pages Posted: 3 May 2019

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Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA)

Date Written: April 2, 2019

Abstract

This paper shows how obesity can affect the productivity of any country. In our case, we evaluate the specific case of Malaysia. The same research evaluates the obesity levels among the three largest races of Malaysia such as Malay, Indians, and Chinese. The main objective of this research is to evaluate if exist any relationship between obesity and productivity, then we try to probe through compare our new index and the growth in labor productivity. Hence, this new index is entitled “The National Obesity Behavior Index (NOB-Index).” The NOB-Index offers the possibility to evaluate and monitoring expansion or contraction of obesity on the national and regional level. Finally, the same document is given a serial of recommendation and policies to solve this deep health problem in Malaysia.

Keywords: Obesity, productivity, Malaysia, Health care, Childcare

JEL Classification: I1, I3

Suggested Citation

Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo, How Obesity Can Affect Productivity? The Case of Malaysia (April 2, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3364222 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3364222

Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada (Contact Author)

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia
+60126850293 (Phone)

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