The Obesity Epidemic in Europe

32 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2005

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Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2005


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.

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

JEL Classification: I12, I18

Suggested Citation

Sanz De Galdeano, Anna, The Obesity Epidemic in Europe (October 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1814. Available at SSRN:

Anna Sanz De Galdeano (Contact Author)

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