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Obesity And Nutrient Consumption: A Rational Addiction?

  • Richards, Timothy J.
  • Patterson, Paul M.
  • Tegene, Abebayehu

This study tests for a rational addiction to food nutrients as a potential explanation for the obesity epidemic. A random coefficients (mixed) logit model applied to household scanner data finds evidence of a strong, forward-looking addiction to carbohydrates. Consequently, price-based policies may be effective in controlling excessive nutrient intake.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO with number 20079.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea04:20079
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