SRI LANKAN  JOURNAL OF  AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Volume 12,13.  Number 1.  2010,2011


An Empirical Analysis of Adult Obesity in West Virginia :/

J. Herath  and T. Gebremedhin *

ABSTRACT

West Virginia reports the highest obesity level in the United States. Every 3 in 10 adults are obese, and the prevalence of obesity is nearly 8% higher than the national level. Obesity is linked with several diseases such as heart disease, diabetes II, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, asthma, and some psychological disorders. The reported economic burden associated with obesity is considerably high. This research study attempts to examine the use of exercise and cutting down of calorie intakes in controlling obesity in West Virginia using the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Three logit models were estimated. Furthermore, results indicate that obese adults are less likely to engage in exercises to lose weight compared to non-obese adults. Among obese individuals only 15% cut down calorie intakes to lose weight where as the respective proportion from the entire population is 31%. Low income levels, and presence of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and asthma, have positive effects on obesity in West Virginia. Obesity can significantly be alleviated through physical activities in West Virginia.


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Authors are, respectively, Graduate Research Assistant and Professor, Division of Resource Management, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA..

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Herath and Gebremedhin  2010 , Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. Volume 12,13 (1). Pp. 1 - 14

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