Body Mass Index and the measurement of obesity
|Title:||Body Mass Index and the measurement of obesity||Authors:||Madden, David (David Patrick)||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/782||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:||Obesity; Body Mass Index||Subject LCSH:||Body mass index
|Other versions:||http://www.ucd.ie/economics/research/papers/2006/WP06.27.pdf||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Geary Institute Research Collection|
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