Wealthy But Unhealthy: Overweight and Obesity in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Costs, and Policies for Better Health
High rates of overweight and obesity in Asia and the Pacific seriously threaten people’s health and undermine the region’s prosperity.
Two of five adults in Asia and the Pacific are overweight or obese. The costs associated with these conditions undermine economic growth as well as the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on health. Drawing upon a wide array of experts from the region, this book compiles studies examining the trends and prevalence and economic costs of obesity and overweight, as well as policy recommendations. This thought-provoking book is an invaluable resource and sets the foundation for future research and policy making.
Edited by: Matthias Helble and Azusa Sato
- Introduction by Matthias Helble and Azusa Sato
- Part I: Obesity and Overweight Trends in Asia and the Pacific
- 1. The Nutrition Transition and the Intra-Household Double Burden of Malnutrition in India by Archana Dang and J. V. Meenakshi
- 2. The Obesity Pandemic in the Pacific by Jillian Wate
- 3. Economic Influences on Child Growth Status, from the Children’s Healthy Living Program in the US-Affiliated Pacific Region by Rachel Novotny, Fenfang Li, Lynne Wilkens, Marie Fialkowski, Travis Fleming, Patricia Coleman, Rachel Leon Guerrero, Andrea Bersamin, and Jonathan Deenik
- 4. Socioeconomic Inequality in Excessive Weight: The Case of Indonesia by Toshiaki Aizawa and Matthias Helble
- Part II: Cost and Policy Implications of Obesity and Overweight
- 5. Economic Impact of Obesity in the Republic of Korea by Wankyo Chung
- 6. Obesity in Thailand and its Economic Cost by Yot Teerawattananon and Alia Luz
- 7. Health and Economic Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Indonesia by Soewarta Kosen
- 8. The Imminent Obesity Crisis in Asia and the Pacific: First Cost Estimates by Matthias Helble and Kris Francisco
- 9. Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention and Control by Montarat Thavorncharoensap