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dc.contributor.authorTsuei, Sian 19:50:58 (GMT) 19:50:58 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThe Independent Studies program closed in 2016. This thesis was one of 25 accepted by Library for long-term preservation and presentation in UWSpace.en
dc.description.abstractAs the general Chinese population becomes more overweight, pressure mounts to explore the reasons behind this trend. Pooling four waves of the Chinese Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) into two groups—2004 with 2006 and 1997 with 2000—it was found that the higher socioeconomic status (SES) is positively correlated with perceived health status, but negatively correlated with objective health measures such as being overweight, diabetic, or hypertensive. Contrary to previous theories, in the Chinese population, higher SES is generally positively correlated with better health lifestyle knowledge, and less likelihood of daily use of alcohol and cigarettes. The negative correlation between higher SES and health may be due to increased opportunity cost of time. We find no evidence to support the idea that individuals with higher SES consume more sin goods such as alcohol and tobacco.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIS 310, Thesis Phase Ien
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIS 320, Thesis Phase IIen
dc.subjectChinese Health and Nutrition Surveysen
dc.subjectsocioeconomic statusen
dc.subjecthealth measuresen
dc.subjectAlcohol useen
dc.subjectTobacco useen
dc.titleDissocation of Subjective and Objective Health Status in the Chinese Populationen
dc.typeBachelor Thesisen Studiesen Studiesen
uws-etd.degreeBachelor of Independent Studiesen
uws.contributor.advisorCarson, Linda
uws.contributor.advisorSen, Anindya
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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