Body Mass Index and the measurement of obesity

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Title: Body Mass Index and the measurement of obesity
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
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Date: Dec-2006
Abstract: This paper proposes a new method of measuring obesity using Body Mass Index (BMI) data. Conventional measures which simply count the number of individuals with BMI in excess of an upper limit ignore the extent by which individuals exceed BMI limits and also the increased risk ratios for various conditions associated very high levels of BMI. This paper suggests that measures currently used in the poverty literature can be usefully applied to measure obesity and provide us with measures which may be more relevant from a policy perspective. The approach is applied to data for Ireland.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP06/27
Copyright (published version): UCD Centre for Economic Research 2006
Keywords: ObesityBody Mass Index
Subject LCSH: Body mass index
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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