This chapter reports that the mortality penalty linked with obesity has been falling in recent decades. It describes how, in current data, the relationship between obesity and mortality is complex; although class II and III obesity are associated with elevated mortality risk, overweight and class I obesity are generally not associated with higher mortality. Studies that measure body mass index (BMI) when respondents are middle aged and model mortality into later life can give a better sense of the BMI and mortality relationship at the older ages. A high BMI is a small source of excess deaths in the United States, although this topic continues to be controversial. Studies that measure BMI in middle age and model subsequent mortality may give a better sense of the effect of BMI on mortality for those over the age of 50.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Sep 18 2012|
- Body mass index
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)