Title Wealthy But Unhealthy
Subtitle Overweight and Obesity in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, Costs, and Policies for Better Health
Author Matthias Helble, Azusa Sato
ISBN 9784899740858
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 236
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
Published in India by Brookings Institution Press
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Two of five adults in the Asia and Pacific region 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 on a wide array of experts from the region, this book compiles a series of studies examining the trends in and prevalence and economic costs of obesity and overweight, as well as policy recommendations. Giving rise to thought-provoking issues, the book is an invaluable read and sets the foundation for future research and policy making.


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Introduction (Matthias Helble and Azusa Sato)

PART I: Obesity and Overweight Trends in Asia and the Pacific

Chapter 1. The Nutrition Transition and the Intra-Household Double Burden of Malnutrition in India (Archana Dang and J. V. Meenakshi)

Chapter 2. The Obesity Pandemic in the Pacific (Jillian Wate)

Chapter 3. Economic Influences on Child Growth Status, from the Children’s Healthy Living Program in the US-Affiliated Pacific Region (Rachel Novotny, Fenfang Li, Lynne Wilkens, Marie Fialkowski,
Travis Fleming, Patricia Coleman, RachelLeon Guerrero, Andrea Bersamin, and Jonathan Deenik

Chapter 4. Socioeconomic Inequality in Excessive Weight: The Case of Indonesia (Toshiaki Aizawa and Matthias Helble)

PART II: Cost and Policy Implications of Obesity and Overweight

Chapter 5. Economic Impact of Obesity in the Republic of Korea (Wankyo Chung)

Chapter 6. Obesity in Thailand and its Economic Cost (Yot Teerawattananon and Alia Luz)

Chapter 7. Health and Economic Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Indonesia (Soewarta Kosen)

Chapter 8. The Imminent Obesity Crisis in Asia and the Pacific: First Cost Estimates (Matthias Helble and Kris Francisco)

Chapter 9. Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention and Control (Montarat Thavorncharoensap)

About the Editors:

Matthias Helble is a senior economist and co-chair of the research department in the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). His research interests include international trade, health, and infrastructure development. Before joining ADBI, he worked as an economist for different international organizations, including the World Bank, the World Health Organization as well as the World Trade Organization. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Tübingen (BA, MSc) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA). He earned his PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Study in Geneva and the Swiss School of Public Health.

Azusa Sato is a health specialist in the Southeast Asia Regional Department at the Asian Development Bank. Her areas of interest include health governance, health financing, and health security. While based in Manila, Philippines, most of her work is based in the Greater Mekong Subregion, including the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. She completed her BA in Economics from Cambridge University, Masters in Demography and Development and PhD in Health Policy at the London School of Economics.

Target Audience:

People interested in learning about Obesity and Health Reforms in Asia and the Pacific.

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