Obesity and happiness: does gender matter?


  • Ehsan Latif




This study used longitudinal Canadian data from the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), covering a period of 1994-2006, to examine the impact of obesity on happiness. In order to control for unobserved individual-specific fixed effects, this study utilized the fixed effects method. The study found that obesity significantly reduces happiness for females, while it has an insignificant impact on happiness for males. The study further found that the negative impact of obesity on happiness is concentrated among females in prime working age group and also among females with a higher level of education.

Author Biography

Ehsan Latif

Associate Professor

Department of Economics


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How to Cite

Latif, E. (2014). Obesity and happiness: does gender matter?. Economics and Business Letters, 3(1), 59–67. https://doi.org/10.17811/ebl.3.1.2014.59-67