The socioeconomic gradient of obesity in Ireland

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Title: The socioeconomic gradient of obesity in Ireland
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2662
Date: Oct-2010
Abstract: Using the nationally representative Slan dataset we calculate concentration indices for the incidence of obesity for men and women. We finder higher concentration indices for women than for men, but we also find that concentration indices fell between 2002 and 2007. However this appears to be owing to an increased incidence of obesity amongst better off people rather than decreased obesity amongst the less well-off. A decomposition of the concentration indices suggest that the greatest contribution to the gradient comes from the combination of lower rates of obesity amongst those with 3rd level education and their higher income.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP 10 29
Keywords: ObesityBody Mass IndexConcentration IndexDecomposition
Subject LCSH: Obesity--Ireland
Obesity--Mathematical models
Body mass index
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/wp10_29.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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