Obesity in Thailand and Its Economic Cost Estimation

Publication | March 2017
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Obesity in Thailand gives rise to health problems and has economic costs.

Obesity is becoming a global concern because many non-communicable diseases can be attributed to obesity. Though it is prevalent in developed countries, obesity is growing to be of concern in low- and middle-income countries such as Thailand, due primarily to the potential strain on its limited resources. Given the potential effect of obesity on the Thai health system, we discuss the trends, causes, and impact of obesity in Thailand. Based on a review of literature, we address the following topics. The epidemiology of obesity in Thailand is described to provide an understanding of the overall trends of its prevalence in terms of sex, age, and geographical location. The etiology of obesity explores its causes and risk factors for children, adults, and the elderly. Obesity’s impact is outlined in terms of the health and non-health impacts of obesity, including the health problems resulting from this condition, the cost to the healthcare system of obesity-related illnesses, and the social impact of obesity. The general framework for economic cost estimation of obesity is also illustrated. We conclude with the policy responses of the government and provide the various ways the country has tackled this issue.

WORKING PAPER NO: 703

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  • Economics
  • Health
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  • Thailand