Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127447
Authors: 
Minos, Dimitrios
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 197
Abstract: 
Childhood obesity in developing countries is a topic that hasn't found its way in the economic literature yet. Despite the fact that obesity rates are rising worldwide and the phenomenon is very present even among the poorest of households in developing countries, most of the attention is still drawn towards industrialized ones. This paper utilizes the South African NIDS panel data set to highlight some of the aspects policy makers should bear in mind. In particular, drivers of the phenomenon and their resulting policy options that are widely used in industrialized countries may not be appropriate in a developing setting, especially in one where excess body weight is considered by many as a positive outcome.
Subjects: 
obesity
nutrition transition
developing country
South Africa
JEL: 
I12
I18
P46
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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