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The Rise of Obesity in Transition Economies: Theory and Evidence from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey
Economics Presentations, Posters and Proceedings
  • Sonya K. Huffman, Iowa State University
  • Marian Rizov, Middlesex University Business School
Document Type
Presentation
Conference
American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting
Publication Version
Submitted Manuscript
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Conference Title
American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting
Conference Date
July 27-29, 2008
Geolocation
(28.5383355, -81.37923649999999)
Abstract

This study integrates theoretical and empirical models to facilitate understanding of human obesity and the factors contributing to rising obesity in Russia during the transition from a planned to a market economy. Recent individual level data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for 1994 and 2004 show that diet/caloric intake, smoking, gender and education are important determinants of obesity in Russia. Empirical results strongly support our model for production of BMI and demand for inputs in the BMI production function. The analysis provides information on the link between dietary patterns and other factors of obesity in Russia which is important for formulation, implementation and monitoring of effective policies designed to improve overall nutritional wellbeing and reduce obesity and mortality of the Russian population. Interventions, which enhance education toward healthy lifestyles and healthy diet, could play a vital role in preventing obesity in Russia.

Comments

This is a Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, July 27-29, 2008.

Rights
Copyright 2008 by Sonya K. Huffman and Marian Rizov. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for noncommercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies.
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The Authors
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Sonya K. Huffman and Marian Rizov. "The Rise of Obesity in Transition Economies: Theory and Evidence from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey" Orlando, FL(2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sonya-huffman/29/