Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 317–324 | Cite as

Obesity: An economic and financial perspective

  • Rajeev K. Goel


Obesity has been slowly increasing in most countries. This problem has increased to an extent that it is being labeled an epidemic and a leading cause of preventable deaths, second only to smoking. This paper provides a synthesis of the extant economics literature on obesity. More importantly, a framework outlining the economic causes and effects of obesity is discussed. The causes of obesity are many, including economic, technical, historical, and biological. The effects of obesity can be external or internal. These effects, in turn, can be direct or indirect. Recommendations for governments and businesses and directions for future research are discussed.


Obesity Technical Change Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System National Longitudinal Survey Overweight Individual 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajeev K. Goel
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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