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Economic Aspects of Obesity

Michael Grossman and Naci Mocan


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

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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Grossman, editor

Naci Mocan, editor

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