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Economic aspects of obesity prevention

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  • Cecchini Michele
  • Sassi Franco

    (Health Division, OECD, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris, France)

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Governments in OECD countries have intervened in a variety of ways to improve diets, increase physical activity and tackle obesity in recent years. The preventive interventions assessed in this analysis are drawn from the most commonly used approaches, including: health education and health promotion (mass media campaigns, school-based interventions, worksite interventions); regulation and fiscal measures (fiscal measures altering the prices of healthy and unhealthy foods, regulation of food advertising to children and mandatory nutrition labelling); and, counselling of individuals at risk in primary care. This report examines the characteristics, the costs and the relative success of each approach in improving health outcomes and social disparities in health, with specific reference to the European context.

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  • Cecchini Michele & Sassi Franco, 2011. "Economic aspects of obesity prevention," Bulletin: Economics, Organisation and Informatics in Healthcare, Sciendo, vol. 27(2), pages 77-94, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:bueoih:v:27:y:2011:i:2:p:77-94:n:3
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    cost-effectiveness; obesity; prevention;

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