The Economics of Obesity

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Overview

Obesity, which has increased in most developed countries in the past few decades, is the result of genetics, environment, and individual choices. Economics is useful for studying the individual choices that lead to obesity, explanations for the recent rise in obesity, the treatment options for obesity, and the costs and consequences of obesity for the individual and society.

The papers in this volume, devoted to the economics of obesity, illustrate the wide usefulness of the economic approach. The papers in the first section propose and test economic explanations for food-consumption choices and obesity. In particular, they assess the impact of food quality, access to fast food, food prices, legislation, and other factors on diet, physical activity, and body weight.

Treatments for obesity, specifically bariatric surgery and anti-obesity drugs, are studied in the second section of this volume. The third section is devoted to the labor market impacts of obesity; evidence from fifteen countries is presented and evaluated. The fourth and final section calculates the impact of obesity on hospital costs and examines the externalities imposed by obesity through health insurance.

Taken together, the papers in this volume advance the frontier of knowledge about the causes, implications, and consequences of obesity, and validate the usefulness of the economic approach for studying obesity in particular and medical conditions more generally.

*Studies obesity from an economic perspective
*Proposes economic explanation for food consumption choices, treatment of obesity, and treatment of the condition
*International in scope - provides evidence from 15countries
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Table of Contents


List of Contributors     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgements     xv
Introduction to the Economics of Obesity     xvii
Predicting Obesity and Related Behaviours
Endogenous Food Quality and Bodyweight Trend   Liqun Liu   Andrew J. Rettenmaier   Thomas R. Saving     3
Access to Fast Food and Food Prices: Relationship with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Overweight Among Adolescents   Lisa M. Powell   M. Christopher Auld   Frank J. Chaloupka   Patrick M. O'Malley   Lloyd D. Johnston     23
A Behavioral Model of Cyclical Dieting   Steven M. Suranovic   Robert S. Goldfarb     49
Effects of Title IX and Sports Participation on Girls' Physical Activity and Weight   Robert Kaestner   Xin Xu     79
Obesity and Diabetes: The Roles that Prices and Policies Play   Inas Rashad     113
Treatments for Obesity
Advances in Bariatric Surgery for Obesity: Laparoscopic Surgery   William E. Encinosa   Didem M. Bernard   Claudia A. Steiner     131
One Pill Makes You Smaller: The Demand for Anti-Obesity Drugs   John Cawley   John A. Rizzo     149
Labor Market Impacts of Obesity
Obesity, Employment and Wages in Europe   Jaume Garcia   Climent Quintana-Domeque     187
Obesity and Occupational Attainment Among the 50+ of Europe   Petter Lundborg   Kristian Bolin   Soren Hojgard   Bjorn Lindgren     219
Gender, Body Mass, and Socioeconomic Status: New Evidence from the PSID   Dalton Conley   Rebecca Glauber     253
Other Costs and Consequences of Obesity
Health Insurance and the Obesity Externality   Jay Bhattacharya   Neeraj Sood     279
Obesity, Hospital Services Use and Costs   Nana Bro Folmann   Kristine Skovgaard Bossen   Ingrid Willaing   Jan Sorensen   John Sahl Andersen   Steen Ladelund   Torben Jorgensen     319
How Much Does Obesity Matter? Results from the 2001 Canadian Community Health Survey   William MacMinn   James McIntosh   Caroline Yung     333
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