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Economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia-Pacific region : a systematic review

Hoque, Mohammad Enamul and Mannan, Munim and Long, Kurt Z. and Mamun, Abdullah Al. (2016) Economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia-Pacific region : a systematic review. Tropical medicine and international health, 21 (4). pp. 458-469.

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Abstract

To assess the economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia-Pacific region.; Systematic review of articles published until March 2015.; Seventeen suitable articles were found, of which 13 assess the economic burden of overweight/obesity and estimate that it accounts for 1.5-9.9% of a country's total healthcare expenditure. Four articles on the economic burden of underweight estimate it at 2.5-3.8% of the country's total GDP. Using hospital data, and compared to normal weight individuals, four articles estimated extra healthcare costs for overweight individuals of 7-9.8% and more, and extra healthcare costs for obese individuals of 17-22.3% and higher.; Despite methodological diversity across the studies, there is a consensus that both underweight and overweight impose a substantial financial burden on healthcare systems in the Asia-Pacific region.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Eco System Health Sciences > Ecosystem Services, Climate & Health (Cissé)
UniBasel Contributors:Long, Kurt
Item Type:Article, refereed
Publisher:Blackwell Science
ISSN:1360-2276
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Aug 2016 09:39
Deposited On:30 Aug 2016 09:39

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