Determinants of obesity in transition economies: the case of Russia.

  title={Determinants of obesity in transition economies: the case of Russia.},
  author={Sonya Kostova Huffman and Marian Rizov},
  journal={Economics and human biology},
  volume={5 3},
This paper examines human obesity, measured as weight and body mass index (BMI), and its determinants in Russia. Obesity increased dramatically during transition from a planned to a market economy, by 38%. We determine the factors contributing to rising obesity using individual level data from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for 1994 and 2004. We find a strong positive effect of diet/caloric intake and a strong negative effect of smoking on weight and BMI. Gender, education, and… CONTINUE READING