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Obesity and the incidence of chronic diseases in Spain: a seemingly unrelated probit approach

Costa-i-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Gil, Joan (2005) Obesity and the incidence of chronic diseases in Spain: a seemingly unrelated probit approach. Economics and Human Biology, 3 (2). pp. 188-214. ISSN 1570-677X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ehb.2005.05.004


Western societies can reduce avoidable mortality and morbidity by better understanding the relationship between obesity and chronic disease. This paper examines the empirical association between obesity and the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol. We analyze a broadly representative Spanish dataset, the 1999 Survey on Disabilities, Impairments and Health Status, using a health production theoretical framework together with a seemingly unrelated probit model approach that controls for unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity. Its findings provide evidence of a positive and significant, although specification-dependent, association between obesity and the prevalence of all chronic illness examined.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Social Policy
European Institute
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 11:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:05

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