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

Hoque, Mohammad Enamul, Mannan, Munim, 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: 458-469. doi:10.1111/tmi.12679


Author Hoque, Mohammad Enamul
Mannan, Munim
Long, Kurt Z.
Mamun, Abdullah Al
Title Economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia-Pacific region: a systematic review
Journal name Tropical Medicine and International Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-3156
1360-2276
Publication date 2016-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/tmi.12679
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 458
End page 469
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective
To assess the economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia–Pacific region.

Method
Systematic review of articles published until March 2015.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.
Keyword Cost
Economics
Overweight and obesity
Underweight
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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