32 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2005
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: Suggested Citation
Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna, The Obesity Epidemic in Europe (October 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1814. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=840745