The Physical Strenuousness of Work is Slightly Associated with an Upward Trend in the Body Mass Index

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, Institutionen för nationalekonomi, nationalekonomi sv
dc.contributor Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Economics, Economics en
dc.contributor.author Böckerman, Petri
dc.contributor.author Johansson, Edvard
dc.contributor.author Jousilahti, Pekka
dc.contributor.author Uutela, Antti
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T14:04:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T14:04:41Z
dc.date.issued 2007-02-08
dc.identifier.isbn 951-555-946-3
dc.identifier.issn 0357-4598
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10227/249
dc.identifier.uri URN:ISBN:951-555-946-3
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the relationship between the physical strenuousness of work and the body mass index in Finland, using individual microdata over the period 1972-2002. The data contain self-reported information about the physical strenuousness of a respondent’s current occupation. Our estimates show that the changes in the physical strenuousness of work can explain around 8% at most of the definite increase in BMI observed over the period. The main reason for this appears to be that the quantitative magnitude of the effect of the physical strenuousness of work on BMI is rather moderate. Hence, according to the point estimates, BMI is only around 1.5% lower when one’s current occupation is physically very demanding and involves lifting and carrying heavy objects compared with sedentary job (reference group of the estimations), other things being equal. Accordingly, the changes in eating habits and the amount of physical activity during leisure time must be the most important contributors to the upward trend in BMI in industrialised countries, but not the changes in the labour market structure. fi
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan sv
dc.publisher Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 523
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dc.rights This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited. en
dc.rights Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty. fi
dc.subject bmi fi
dc.subject body mass index fi
dc.subject obesity fi
dc.subject overweight fi
dc.subject occupational structure fi
dc.subject.other Economics fi
dc.title The Physical Strenuousness of Work is Slightly Associated with an Upward Trend in the Body Mass Index fi

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