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The Rise of Obesity in Transition: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Russia
Economics Presentations, Posters and Proceedings
  • Sonya K. Huffman, Iowa State University
  • Marian Rizov, Middlesex University Business School
Document Type
Presentation
Conference
International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference
Publication Version
Submitted Manuscript
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Conference Title
International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference
Conference Date
August 16-22, 2009
Abstract
Since the early 1990s series of political and economic reforms have been implemented in transition economies. As a result, the population experienced dramatic changes in lifestyle and a significant decline in life expectancy. The adverse effects of transition were most severe in the Former Soviet Union. Several studies examine the reasons for the mortality crisis in Russia and other former Soviet republics (Brainerd and Cutler, 2005; Shkolnikov et al., 2004). Greater alcohol consumption and increased stress from the transition to a market economy had dramatically affected the lifestyle and diet of the population, and led to higher mortality in Russia. Furthermore, the authors find that rising human obesity has important health consequences and is a significant predictor of mortality.
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This is a Contributed Paper prepared for presentation at the International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference, Beijing, China, August 16-22, 2009.

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Copyright 2009 by Huffman and Rizov. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided this copyright notice appears on all such copies.
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Language
en
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Citation Information
Sonya K. Huffman and Marian Rizov. "The Rise of Obesity in Transition: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Russia" Beijing, China(2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sonya-huffman/28/