The Evaluation of Obesity in Malaysia

13 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2019

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Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - Facultad de Ciencias Economicas; Akademia Ekonomiczno-Humanistyczna w Warszawie

Khor Swee Kheng

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rashid Ating

Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)

Date Written: September 17, 2019

Abstract

This paper shows how obesity can affect the productivity of any country. In our case, we evaluate its impact on Malaysia. The main objective of this paper is to evaluate any relationship between obesity and productivity. We then assess the association between obesity and the growth in labor productivity. We propose a new index 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, we provide a series of recommendations and policies to help solve this deep health problem in Malaysia.

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

JEL Classification: I1, I3

Suggested Citation

Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo and Swee Kheng, Khor and Ating, Rashid, The Evaluation of Obesity in Malaysia (September 17, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3455108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3455108

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Khor Swee Kheng

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Rashid Ating

Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) ( email )

Jln Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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