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The Role Of Economics In Eating Choices And Weight Outcomes


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  • Mancino, Lisa
  • Lin, Biing-Hwan
  • Ballenger, Nicole


We use data from the USDA's 1994-96 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals and the 1994-96 Diet and Health Knowledge Survey to ascertain whether economic factors help explain weight differences among adults. Weight differs among demographic subgroups, and differences in specific behaviors, health awareness, and eating patterns can be linked to weight outcomes. An economic framework helps explain how socioeconomic factors affect an individual's ability to achieve good health. Our results suggest that income, household composition, and formal education help explain variation in behaviors and attitudes that are significantly associated with weight outcomes.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Information Bulletins with number 33781.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersab:33781

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Keywords: obesity; CSFII; DHKS; weight; age; income; education; race/ethnicity; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy;


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  1. Mancino, Lisa & Newman, Constance, 2006. "Who's cooking? Time spent preparing food by gender, income and household composition," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21456, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Sara Della Bella & Simone Sarti & Mario Lucchini & Mara Tognetti Bordogna, 2011. "A Comparative Analysis of Inequality in Health Across Europe," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 16(4), pages 7.
  3. Amarasinghe, Anura & D'Souza, Gerard E. & Brown, Cheryl & Borisova, Tatiana, 2006. "The Impact of Socioeconomic and Spatial Differences on Obesity in West Virginia," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21159, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Anura Amarasinghe & Gerard D'Souza & Cheryl Brown & Hyungna Oh, 2006. "The Influence of Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors on Health and Obesity in Rural Appalachia," Working Papers 200612, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University.
  5. Alston, Julian M. & Sumner, Daniel A. & Vosti, Stephen A., 2005. "The Effects of Agricultural Research and Farm Subsidy Policies on Human Nutrition and Obesity," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19196, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Wachenheim, Cheryl J. & Nganje, William E. & Kaitibie, Simeon & Johnston, Gretchen, 2005. "Consumer Willingness to Pay for Breads Marketed as "Low-Carbohydrate"," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19428, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  7. Anura Amarasinghe & Cheryl Brown & Gerard D'Souza & Tatiana Borisova, 2006. "The Impact of County Level Factors on Obesity in West Virginia," Working Papers 200614, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University.
  8. Zhifeng Gao & Xiaohua Yu & Jonq-Ying Lee, 2011. "Consumer Demand for Healthy Diet: New Evidence from the Healthy Eating Index," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 69, Courant Research Centre PEG.


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