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Impacts of Economic and Psychological Factors on Women's Obesity and Food Assistance Program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY Panel


  • Ying Huang
  • Wallace Huffman
  • Abebayehu Tegene


Over the past thirty-five years, the U.S. adult obesity rate has more than doubled from roughly 15% to 35%, reflecting a general diffusion of obesity across all segments of the adult population (USDHHS). Obesity is a concern because it increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and most forms of cancer, except for lung. Earlier studies of obesity of U.S. adults have largely focused on data in a single cross-section or one round of a panel survey. Chen and Huffman (2010) show that food and drink prices significantly affect U.S. women's probability of being obese but not for men. However, the impact of individual food and drink prices are not always as expected. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.

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  • Ying Huang & Wallace Huffman & Abebayehu Tegene, 2012. "Impacts of Economic and Psychological Factors on Women's Obesity and Food Assistance Program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY Panel," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 94(2), pages 331-337.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:94:y:2012:i:2:p:331-337

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