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Social interactions and the contemporaneous determinants of individuals’ weight

By Joan Costa-i-Font and Joan Gil

Abstract

Obesity and overweight are central issues in the public health debate in most developed countries. In this debate, some of the socio-economic determinants of obesity and overweight are still relatively unexplored. This paper presents an empirical examination of the possible influence of social interactions on contemporaneous obesity and (over)underweight. We apply a joint estimation model for obesity and self-image to a sample for Spain taken from the European Union household panel for 1998. Our results suggest that obesity might be in part a social phenomenon connected to individuals’ social lif

Topics: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:37022
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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