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Economic impact of obesity in the Republic of Korea

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  • Economic impact of obesity in the Republic of Korea
  • Chung, Wankyo
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Title Economic impact of obesity in the Republic of Korea
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Material Type Reports
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Chung, Wankyo

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[Tokyo, Japan] : Asian Development Bank

Date 2017-07
Series Title; No ADBI Working Papers / 755
Pages 26
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < Health
Holding Asian Development Bank
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Abstract

Obesity, defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health, has a clearly measurable impact on health and health-related quality of life, and generates considerable economic burden. This study builds on previous research by examining the available evidence on obesity, estimating obesity-related medical costs using more representative and reliable data, and estimating obesity-related risk of disability in the Republic of Korea. The obesity rate is higher for males than for females and for the self-employed (including their dependents) than for employed adults (including their dependents) in the Republic of Korea. The obesity rate shows a weak U-shaped pattern in relation to income for employed adults. It has been growing over time, especially among younger adults and adolescents, indicating greater obesity in the future. Obesity (relative to having a BMI.