An Empirical Analysis on the Determinants of Overweight and Obesity in China
Overweight and obesity in adult populations is considered to be a growing epidemic worldwide, and appears to be rapidly increasing in China. From 1992 to 2002, the incidence of overweight in adults increased by 39.0%, while that of obesity doubled. To identify the determinants of adult overweight and obesity in China, micro-level data from a questionnaire survey entitled the "Preference Parameters Study," which was conducted by the Global Centers of Excellence program at Osaka University, were analyzed. In addition to the entire sample, data from urban and rural subsamples were also analyzed in order to investigate whether the determinants of overweight and obesity differed. The results suggested that body mass index (BMI) is correlated with subjective well-being, gender, age, labor intensity and drinking and eating habits among urban respondents, and with age, monthly income, number of siblings and eating habits among rural respondents.
Body mass index (BMI), Overweight and obesity, Urban residents, Rural residents, China
C21, D12, I12
Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration,
Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe
School of Economics, Shanghai University, China