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The Effect of Food-Away-from-Home and Food-at-Home Expenditures on Obesity Rates: A State-Level Analysis

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  • Cai, Yongxia
  • Alviola, Pedro A., IV
  • Nayga, Rodolfo M., Jr.
  • Wu, Ximing

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Using state-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we investigate the effects of household food-away-from-home and food-at-home expenditures on overweight rates, obesity rates, and combined rates. Our random effects model estimates suggest that food-away-from-home expenditures are positively related to obesity and combined rates, while food-at-home expenditures are negatively related to obesity and combined rates. However, the magnitudes of these effects, while statistically significant, are relatively small. Both food-at-home and food-away-from-home expenditures do not significantly influence overweight rates.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 40 (2008)
Issue (Month): 02 (August)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:46990

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Keywords: food-at-home expenditures; food-away-from-home expenditures; obesity; overweight; random effects model; state-level analysis; Agribusiness; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; I18;

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