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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(3), 257;

Modelling Gender Differences in the Economic and Social Influences of Obesity in Australian Young People

School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney 2751, Australia
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Academic Editor: Paul A. Scuffham
Received: 6 December 2016 / Revised: 3 February 2017 / Accepted: 20 February 2017 / Published: 3 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economics of the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity 2016)
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In Australia, as in many other developed economies, the prevalence of obesity has risen significantly in all age groups and especially in young males and females over the past decade. Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this paper investigates the influence of economic, personality and social factor demographics on the incidence of obesity in Australian youths. The study uses two random parameters logit models, including one that allows for gender-specific differences in the conditioning variables. The models reveal notable differences between the most important variables affecting the incidence of obesity amongst females compared to males. These differences are notable to consider for policy and intervention programs aimed at reducing the problem of obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; youth; gender; panel model; policy obesity; youth; gender; panel model; policy
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Avsar, G.; Ham, R.; Tannous, W.K. Modelling Gender Differences in the Economic and Social Influences of Obesity in Australian Young People. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 257.

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