International dimensions of obesity and overweight related problems: An economics perspective

Maria L. Loureiro, Rodolfo M. Nayga

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Overweight and obesity rates in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries are rising significantly. An empirical assessment of the different factors that contribute to the growth of overweight and obese population over the last decade in OECD countries was performed. Using macro-level data from various sources, it was observed that factors such as female labor force anticipation, higher levels of per capita income, and caloric intakes significantly influence overweight problems in OECD countries. Results indicate that urbanization or the transition from rural to urban societies have a positive effect on general overweight rates. Furthermore, results show that the application of agricultural policies contributing to higher consumer support estimate (CSE) levels have negative effects on overweight rates and obesity, while expenditures on education have a negative effect on obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1153
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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