Health Economics Letter
A SHORT NOTE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIOECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN FEMALE BODY WEIGHT
Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 23, Issue 7, pages 861–869, July 2014
How to Cite
Deuchert, E., Cabus, S. and Tafreschi, D. (2014), A SHORT NOTE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIOECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN FEMALE BODY WEIGHT. Health Econ., 23: 861–869. doi: 10.1002/hec.2968
- Issue online: 4 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 23 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 7 MAR 2012
- socioeconomic inequality;
- economic development
The origin of the obesity epidemic in developing countries is still poorly understood. It has been prominently argued that economic development provides a natural interpretation of the growth in obesity. This paper tests the main aggregated predictions of the theoretical framework to analyze obesity. Average body weight and health inequality should be associated with economic development. Both hypotheses are confirmed: we find higher average female body weight in economically more advanced countries. In relatively nondeveloped countries, obesity is a phenomenon of the socioeconomic elite. With economic development, obesity shifts toward individuals with lower socioeconomic status. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.