Thompson Rivers University

Obesity and Happiness: Does gender matter?

January 25, 2014

Dr. Ehsan Latif continues to explore important health issues. This time his focus is on obesity and happiness and asks an important question. Does gender matter? In order to explore this he used longitudinal Canadian data from the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), covering a period of 1994-2006. His study finds that obesity significantly reduces happiness for females, whi

le it has an insignificant impact on happiness for males. The study further found that the negative impact of obesity on happiness is concentrated among females in prime working age group and also among females with a higher level of education. A robustness check using BMI as an independent variable also found similar results. His research got accepted for publication in the journal Economics and Business Letters.

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