Chapter

Introduction

Edited by Michael Grossman and Naci Mocan

in Economic Aspects of Obesity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226310091
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226310107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226310107.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter presents an introduction to economic aspects of obesity and the costs and benefits of policies to combat obesity. The rapid rise in obesity has extremely serious public health consequences as well as implications for productivity losses. It discusses the probability of being obese and related weight outcomes as dependent variables. Key determinants in these studies are year- and area-specific food prices, food outlets, gymnasiums and other recreational facilities, participation in weight-loss programs, health insurance, and minimum wages. It emphasizes the determinants of physical activity and food consumption and the consequences of obesity on educational and labor market outcomes. It explores the link between aspects of the local neighborhood other than food prices and food outlet density and body mass index (BMI) of children and the BMI gap between high-socioeconomic status (SES) children and low-SES children.

Keywords: obesity; economic aspects; productivity; food prices; minimum wage; body mass index

Chapter.  7512 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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