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Economic Aspects of Obesity
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Economic Aspects of Obesity

Michael Grossman and Naci Mocan

Abstract

In the past three decades, the number of obese adults in the United States has doubled and the number of obese children almost tripled, which may lead to increased medical expenditures, productivity loss, and stress on the health care system. Economic analysis now shows that weight gain is the result of individual choices in response to economic environments and demonstrates that incentives can influence individual behaviors affecting weight. Determinants are varied and include year- and area-specific food prices, availability of food outlets and recreational facilities, health insurance, and ... More

Keywords: obese adults, obese children, medical expenditure, productivity loss, health care, food prices, food outlets, recreational facilities, health insurance, minimum wage levels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226310091
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226310107.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Grossman, editor

Naci Mocan, editor

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Introduction

Michael Grossman and Naci Mocan

2 Does Health Insurance Make You Fat?

Jay Bhattacharya, M. Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace, and Neeraj Sood

3 Food Prices and the Dynamics of Body Weight

Dana Goldman, Darius Lakdawalla, and Yuhui Zheng

5 Economie Contextual Factors and Child Body Mass Index

Lisa M. Powell and Frank J. Chaloupka

7 Studying the Child Obesity Epidemic with Natural Experiments

Robert Sandy, Gilbert Liu, John Ottensmann, Rusty Tchernis, Jeff Wilson, and O. T. Ford

9 Physical Activity: Economic and Policy Factors

Melayne M. McInnes and Judith A. Shinogle

10 Effects of Weight on Adolescent Educational Attainment

Robert Kaestner, Michael Grossman, and Benjamin Yarnoff

11 Where Does the Wage Penalty Bite?

Christian A. Gregory and Ruhm

12 Obesity, Self-Eesteem, and Wages

Naci Mocan and Erdal Tekin