Obesity, Depression, and Employment Related Outcomes Among Workers Near Retirement

TitleObesity, Depression, and Employment Related Outcomes Among Workers Near Retirement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKarakus, MC, Okunade, A
JournalAgeing International
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status, Methodology, Public Policy, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

Obese individuals with comorbid depression face greater risks of atrophied health status alongside the associated adverse consequences, such as limitations of daily living and/or work related activities. This study uses the U.S. Health and Retirement Study database to investigate the likelihood of early retirement decisions (before age 62) of older working-age adults (ages 50 to 62). We find that obese subjects with comorbid depression are significantly more likely to reduce work-hours and seek early retirement. Survival models confirm the negative association between obesity with comorbid depression and the duration to early retirement. The bidirectional association between obesity and depression suggest that more carefully designed public policy interventions are necessary for improving the labor market attachments of the older working-age adults that are obese and clinically depressed. PUBLICATION ABSTRACT

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health Status/Obesity/early Retirement/COMORBIDITY/Depression/Public Policy/survival Analysis

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Citation Key7705