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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2019, Article ID 5101867, 19 pages
Research Article

The Association of Pension Income with the Incidence of Type I Obesity among Retired Israelis

1Sir Harry Solomon School of Economics and Management, Western Galilee College, Acre 2412101, Israel
2Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501, Israel
3School of Real Estate, Netanya Academic College, 1 University Street, Netanya 4223587, Israel

Correspondence should be addressed to Yuval Arbel; moc.liamg@lebra.lavuy

Received 4 November 2018; Revised 14 April 2019; Accepted 22 May 2019; Published 25 July 2019

Academic Editor: David H. St-Pierre

Copyright © 2019 Yuval Arbel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Previous studies have identified obesity and overweight as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. The objective of the current study is to investigate gender differences and the impact of wealth and income from pensions, sociodemographic variables, and self-assessment of health conditions on the projected probability to become obese in the postretirement age (67 years and older). We are unaware of previous studies, which explored the direct relationship between obesity, monetary income from pensions, wealth, and self-assessment of health conditions. To conduct this research, we make use of an extensive questionnaire concerning the economic and sociodemographic features and health and housing conditions of individuals administered within the framework of the 2015-2016 longitudinal survey conducted by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The survey is representative of the Israeli population and also includes information regarding the weight, height, gender, and age of each household member. Results of our study demonstrate that while for the female respondents older than 67, the projected probability of type I obesity (BMI ≥ 30) drops by 0.41% () to 0.52% () with an incremental 10,000 NIS (about $2,500) rise of gross annual income from a pension, for the male respondents above 67 years, the projected probability remains unchanged (). This outcome remains robust even when the 2015 BMI measurement of type I obesity (BMI ≥ 30) is controlled. This drop among women attenuates with a cutoff point increase from BMI ≥ 25 (overweight) to BMI ≥ 30 (type I obesity) to BMI ≥ 35 (type II obesity). Further results indicate that for both genders above 67 years and for men above 62 years, the projected BMI drop of one year decreases with income from a pension (, , and , respectively), although the spread around the projection becomes wider. Compared with other martial status categories, for widowed females, the projected probability of obesity and self-reporting on improved health conditions drops by 6.58% () to 11.28% () and 6.55% () to 7.47% (), respectively. For females older than 67, family status divorced drops the projected probability of obesity by 9.25% (). For males older than 67, results show a rise in projected obesity with car ownership by 6.10% () to 6.41% () and a drop in projected obesity with academic degree status by 9.93% () to 10.14% () and immigration status from American-European countries by 7.67% () to 8.99% () and Asian-African countries by 11.63% () to 11.99% (). Research findings stress the differences and similarities in male-female patterns of obesity after the retirement age of 67 years and may be of assistance to welfare and public health experts.