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March 2002

Obesity - from an economic perspective

I recently read two articles on the increase in obesity in the United States from an economic analysis perspective. Since my educational background is mostly in food science and human nutrition, the papers offered new perspectives for me to consider.

"An economic analysis of adult obesity: Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System," Chou, Grossman and Saffer, - paper presented at the Third International Economics Association Conference, York, England, July 2001.

"The long-run growth in obesity as a function of technological change," Philipson, Posner, working paper 7423, National Bureau of Economic Research, November 1999,

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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