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Healthy food, unhealthy food and obesity

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  • Zheng, Xiaoyong
  • Zhen, Chen
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    We examine whether the latent behavioral mechanisms embedded in two "price effects" explanations of the obesity problem are operative. Our findings lend support to the hypothesis that falling food price is one likely cause of the obesity epidemic.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 100 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 300-303

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:2:p:300-303

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    1. Pieroni, L. & Salmasi, L., 2014. "Fast-food consumption and body weight. Evidence from the UK," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 94-105.
    2. Luca Pieroni & Donatella Lanari & Luca Salmasi, 2010. "Food Prices and Overweight Patterns in Italy," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2010_40, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.

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