Body mass index, perceived health, and happiness: their determinants and structural relationships

J.R. Cornelisse-Vermaat, G. Antonides, J.A.C. van Ophem, H. Maassen van den Brink

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Abstract

The structural relationships between body mass index, perceived health and happiness have been studied in a survey of 700 native Dutch citizens. We found an indirect effect of body mass index on happiness, via perceived health. Age had an inverted U-shaped relationship with body mass index, and both education and smoking had a negative effect on body mass index. Being married, doing paid work, owning a house, and doing sports had positive effects on perceived health, suggesting that living a regular life may lead to a better perceived health. Being married positively affected happiness. The other socio-demographic variables either had no effects on happiness or indirect effects via body mass index and perceived health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • quality-of-life
  • economic disadvantage
  • obesity
  • women
  • men
  • overweight
  • consequences
  • population
  • prevalence
  • weight

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