Health lifestyles in central Asia: The case of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

William C. Cockerham, Brian P. Hinote, Pamela Abbott, Christian Haerpfer

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There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that negative health lifestyles are the principal social determinants of the mortality crisis in the former socialist states. Little is known, however, about health lifestyles in Central Asia, where the downturn in life expectancy was also experienced. This paper examines health lifestyles in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in order to fill an important gap in the literature. The data show, consistent with the improved longevity of the Kyrgyz population, that such lifestyles are more positive in Kyrgyzstan despite the somewhat better economic situation in Kazakhstan, where the mortality crisis continues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1421
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Central Asia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lifestyle
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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