Key Findings Details
The Importance of Objective Health Measures in Predicting Early Receipt of Social Security Benefits: The Case of Fatness
Richard V. Burkhauser and John H. Cawley
- It is only body fat, not fat-free mass like muscle, that predicts early receipt of Social Security Old-Age benefits (OA).
- An extra standard deviation of total body fat is associated with a 19.3 percentage point higher probability of early receipt of OA benefits.
- The impact of policy changes that could decrease the uptake of Social Security disability benefits at 62 may be overwhelmed by the potential impact of increased obesity.