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Economic Determinants of Obesity in Canadian Adults

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dc.contributor.author Schwartzentruber, Michael (Mico)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-30T13:16:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-30T13:16:50Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/15432
dc.description.abstract This paper examines how socioeconomic status and economic insecurity relate to obesity in working-age Canadians between 2000 and 2010. First, I attempt to explain the gender specific gradients in body mass. Second, I test the theory that higher levels of economic insecurity are associated with higher rates of obesity. Data from the Canadian Community Health Survey is used to determine how BMI relates to various measures of income, food insecurity, and stress. My results indicate that low income is associated with higher rates of female obesity and lower rates of male obesity. Economic insecurity measured at the provincial level, such as the employment rate seems to have no significant impact on obesity, which may be due to limitations in the data. Food insecurity is predictive of excess body weight in women, especially mothers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Economic Insecurity en_US
dc.subject Food Insecurity en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.title Economic Determinants of Obesity in Canadian Adults en_US
dc.date.defence 2012-08-24
dc.contributor.department Department of Economics en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner N/A en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Melvin Cross en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Kuan Xu en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Lars Osberg en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Shelley Phipps en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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